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Ludogrets, one of Liverpool's Champions league opponents, to have partial stadium closure in opening match against Real Madrid


Ludogorets Razgrad will have part of their stadium closed for the Champions League game against Real Madrid due to fans’ racist behaviour.

UEFA have imposed sanctions on Ludogorets as well as their play-off opponents Steaua Bucharest, after incidents in last week’s crucial match which decided which team would enter the Champions League draw. 

Steaua must play a Europa League match, against Aalborg on September 18, in an empty stadium.

Ludogorets, who are playing in the tournament for the first time,  host defending champions Real Madrid on October 1. The fixture has already had to be moved to the National Stadium in Sofia, as their own ground does not meet UEFA standards.

The governing body have also fined Ludogorets €16,000 for fans invading the field and the team receiving at least five yellow cards.

Steaua were fined €64,500 for the racism and other offences.

"All forms of racist behaviour are considered serious offences against the disciplinary regulations and are punished with the most severe sanctions," UEFA said.

Ludogrets and Madrid are joined in their group by Basel and Liverpool, who are making their return to the competition after a five year absence. 

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