- Associated Press - Friday, September 9, 2016

NYON, Switzerland (AP) - UEFA has punished Rostov for fans’ racist behavior by ordering the Russian club to close a stadium section at its home debut in the group stage of the Champions League.

UEFA says fans in Rostov-on-Don - a host city for the 2018 World Cup - were guilty of unspecified offensive acts during a playoff victory against Ajax on Aug. 24.

A 1,500-seat section of the Olimp-2 stadium will be closed when PSV Eindhoven visits on Sept. 28.

Rostov entered its first Champions League by finishing runner-up in the Russian league last season. Its group also includes Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid.

UEFA’s disciplinary committee also suspended Rostov’s Fedor Kudriashov for three matches for his red card against Ajax. The Russia defender was sent off for a waist-high tackle to concede a penalty.

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