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Football: Lazio hit out at UEFA ban

Lazio have hit out at the "excessive" sanctions handed down by European football's ruling body UEFA that mean they have to play their next two home Europa League games behind closed doors. The sanctions, announced by UEFA on Wedensday, relate to incidents during Lazio's recent 2-0 win over German side Borussia Moenchengladbach in the last 32 of the Europa League. Lazio will now entertain Stuttgart in their last 16 return leg on March 14 in an empty Olympic stadium, and if they progress, fans will also be excluded from the home leg of their quarter-final.

Soccer-Lazio ordered to play two games in empty stadium

Feb 27 (Reuters) - Lazio say they have been ordered to play their next two home games in European competition behind closed doors after their fans were again found guilty of racist behaviour by UEFA. "Two games behind closed doors, it's incredible," Lazio president Claudio Lotito told Italian broadcaster Rai. UEFA have yet to make a statement. (Writing by Mark Meadows, editing by Tom Pilcher)

Football: 'Gladbach fans stabbed in Rome: report

Three fans from German Bundesliga side Borussia Moenchengladbach were stabbed in Rome ahead of a Europa League game in the Italian capital, according to reports Friday. The fans, in Rome for their side's Europa League game against Serie A side Lazio, were stabbed at different locations around the city, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport newspaper. None of the injuries were life-threatening according to the report. Over 8,000 'Gladbach fans were in Rome and the stabbings reportedly happened before the game at the Olympic Stadium.
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