Feyenoord faces racism case for fans' banana incident

AP , Monday 2 Mar 2015

Supporters throw beer as players of Feyenoord leave the pitch after referee Clement Turpin of France called for a pause due to supporter unrest during their Europa League round of 32 second leg soccer match against AS Roma at the Kuip stadium in Rotterdam, February 26, 2015. (Photo: REUTERS)

UEFA has charged Feyenoord with racist behavior by fans who threw an inflatable banana on the pitch during a tense Europa League last-32 match against Roma.

UEFA says it also charged Roma winger Adem Ljajic with ''provoking spectators'' when celebrating the opening goal in Roma's decisive 2-1 win last Thursday.

Dozens of fans were detained in the Netherlands ahead of the return following disorder in Rome at the first-leg match.

Last Thursday, play was twice briefly stopped by fan incidents.

UEFA says Feyenoord faces sanctions on March 19 for fans' racist behavior, throwing fireworks and objects plus the club's ''insufficient organization'' in the stadium.

UEFA's disciplinary panel meets Wednesday to hear cases against Ljajic and Roma, which was late for a kick off.

Roma plays Fiorentina in the last-16 round.

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