UEFA have slapped a fine of €37,700 on FK Crvena Zvezda (Red Star Belgrade) as a punishment for the racism shown at two Champions League Qualifier matches in Belgrade.
During the first-leg tie against PSV Eindhoven on 11 August, large sections of Red Star Belgrade supporters repeatedly made “Monkey chants” whenever PSV’s No 11, DaMarcus Beasley, touched the ball. Furthermore, UEFA decided to penalize the Serbia & Montenegro champions for their racist abuse during the qualifying match played against the Swiss club Young Boys Berne in Belgrade on 4 August. Yao Aziawonou of Togo and Brazilian striker Francisco Neri were the targets of racist chants at the Marakana-stadium
Red Star Belgrade have appealed against the disciplinary decision related to the PSV Einhoven incidence.
The situation in Serbia & Montenegro is improving. 10 clubs from the region, including Crvena Zvezda are involved in FARE’s next Action Week 2004.