CSKA Moscow has lodged a formal appeal of its three-game punishment for the racist behavior of its own fans, but the appeal won't even be heard until after the team has served part of the punishment, according to the Associated Press' Rob Harris.
The appeal will therefore only be for part of the team's punishment, which was handed down by UEFA earlier this year and mandates Moscow play three games in an empty stadium fans will not be allowed to attend.
The first game of CSKA's suspension takes place Oct. 21 against Manchester City. UEFA's action against CSKA stems from an incident in which CSKA fans tossed flares at Roma supporters during the teams' match in Italy last month. CSKA's matches against Manchester City on Oct. 21 and Roma on Nov. 25 will be played in empty stadiums. The club will be barred from selling tickets to matches against Man City in England on Nov. 5 and in Germany against Bayern on Dec. 10.
CSKA played a Champions League match last month in an empty stadium, as well. The match, a 1-0 loss to Bayern Munich, was played with no fans in the seats as a result of a UEFA punishment resulting from a 2013 incident in which CSKA fans behaved in a racist manner during a match against Viktoria Plzen.
Manchester City's Yaya Toure has also accused CSKA fans of racism toward him.
- Will Green