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Red Star punished after Zlatan Ibrahimovic found to have been racially abused with club told to play behind closed doors

RED STAR BELGRADE have been punished for racist abuse aimed at Zlatan Ibrahimovic earlier this year.

Uefa have charged the Serbian giants for offensive chants aimed at the Swedish star, 39, during their Europa League clash in February.

Red Star have been punished by Uefa after a 'provocative message of an offensive nature' was aimed at Zlatan Ibrahimovic during a Europa League game in February


Red Star have been punished by Uefa after a ‘provocative message of an offensive nature’ was aimed at Zlatan Ibrahimovic during a Europa League game in FebruaryCredit: Reuters

Red Star have been hit with a one-game stadium ban and fined £21,000 for the ‘provocative message of an offensive nature.’

The club have also been handed a further one-game stadium ban, suspended for one year.

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In February, AC Milan travelled to Serbia for their Europa League last-32 first-leg clash.

Ibrahimovic watched on from the stands for the game, drawn 2-2.

Despite the match being played behind closed doors, Uefa found chants of an offensive nature had been aimed at the striker.

Red Star officials had been sitting in the main stand.

However, it is not yet known who aimed abuse at Ibrahimovic.

Footage shared online appeared to show Ibrahimovic being targeted for his family’s Balkan roots.

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The Swedish forward’s dad is from Bosnia-Herzegovina with his mum from Croatia.

Red Star have been fined a further £4,000 by Uefa for breaching coronavirus protocol.

They are likely to serve their one-game stadium ban in July for their Champions League first qualifying round clash.

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