UEFA charges Beitar, Charleroi for fans' racist incidents

The Associated Press

NYON, Switzerland (AP) -- UEFA says it has charged Beitar Jerusalem and Charleroi over racist incidents involving fans at a Europa League qualifying match.

UEFA's charges against Beitar include racist chants and banners during a volatile 5-1 loss in Belgium last Thursday.

The match was delayed in the first minute when Beitar fans threw fireworks and flares on the field. The Charleroi goalkeeper was later struck by an object thrown from the stands.

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Beitar also faces sanctions for visiting fans breaking down fences.

UEFA says Charleroi fans made racist gestures, which reportedly were Nazi salutes. The club faces further sanctions for failing to segregate fans.

UEFA says its disciplinary panel will judge the case on Thursday, hours ahead of Beitar hosting the return match.

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