NYON, Switzerland (AP) — Red Star Belgrade was punished by UEFA on Wednesday for racial abuse aimed toward Zlatan Ibrahimović when the club hosted AC Milan in a Europa League game meant to be played without fans in the stadium.
Ibrahimović was sitting in the stands as a substitute for his Italian team during a Europa League round of 32 game in Belgrade in February.
Footage published online detailed insults shouted at Ibrahimović targeting his Balkan family roots. He was born in Sweden to parents from Bosnia-Herzegovina and Croatia.
UEFA said its disciplinary committee found charges proven of racist behavior and “provocative, offensive chanting.”