Lech Punished

Boniek Shoots

Boniek Shoots

The Control, Ethics and Disciplinary body of the Polish Football Federation (PZPN) has suspended the decision to close Lech Poznań’s stadium for one European match. This means that Lech will play Videoton Szekesfehervar on 20 August in fourth round of the Europa League in a full stadium. PZPN head and former world-class footballer Zbigniew Boniek believes that common sense has prevailed: “We have a zero tolerance policy for racism in stadia, but in this case the punishment was inappropriate. It seems to me that UEFA has done the right thing suspending the decision to close Lech’s stadium.” The punishment was imposed on Lech for its use of a banner emblazoned with “The Blood of Our Race” during an away game against FK Sarajevo. UEFA imposed a fine of €50,000 on Lech and the closure of the stadium for Europa league game for the racist banner.


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