Three out of five is bad: CSKA Moscow faces racism charge for fan acts

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For the third time in its last five UEFA tournament matches, CSKA Moscow has been charged for the racist actions of its fans.

That’s thrice in one calendar year, and it doesn’t count the break in play visiting CSKA fans cause during the club’s 5-1 loss at AS Roma last week in Champions League play.

UEFA has already ruled — based on previous offenses — that CSKA’s match against Bayern Munich next week will be played in an empty stadium.

Now, more. From the Associated Press:

Manchester City captain Yaya Toure directed the match referee to home fans making monkey noises during a Champions League match last October.

Last December, UEFA charged CSKA for fans displaying far-right symbols at a match at Viktoria Plzen, and imposed the stadium closure at its first home Champions league game this season.

In the latest case, CSKA and Roma face further UEFA sanctions for fans lighting flares and throwing missiles.

Three times in five matches? That’s a brutal number, even if authorities were on the lookout for the bad behavior. It doesn’t help that Russian officials used the Toure incident to claim there was a British conspiracy in place to rid the country of its hosting privileges for the 2018 World Cup.

Not a banner day for CSKA Moscow.