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UEFA charges Romania for racism, misconduct by fans

/ 09:04 AM October 17, 2018

Romanian fans hold banners that read “One refugee equals one terror attack – Marxism becomes acceptable” during the UEFA Nations League soccer match between Romania and Serbia on the National Arena stadium in Bucharest, Romania, Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

NYON, Switzerland — UEFA has charged the Romanian soccer federation with fan misconduct for racist chants and banners at a Nations League game.

UEFA says the “racist behavior” includes incidents targeting Romanian neighbor Hungary when the national team played to a 0-0 draw against Serbia on Sunday.

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Romania fans also held up a banner linking refugees to terrorism, and a video posted on social media showed fans chanting a slogan supporting Serbia’s territorial claim to Kosovo.

UEFA says its disciplinary panel will meet on Oct. 25 to judge the charges, which include fans invading the field and lighting fireworks at the national stadium in Bucharest on Oct. 25.

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