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Champions League: CSKA Moscow FC set for away clash with Manchester City FC

November 05, 2014, 8:27 UTC+3 LONDON
Two weeks ago CSKA Moscow hosted Manchester City in Moscow with the match in the Russian capital ending in a 2-2 draw
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LONDON, November 5. /TASS/. CSKA Moscow FC is set to clash in their away game against Manchester City FC with both teams seeking a chance to clear their Group E for the next stage of the Champions League.

Two weeks ago CSKA Moscow hosted Manchester City in Moscow with the match in the Russian capital ending in a 2-2 draw.

The match on the night of October of 21 was held in front of the Arena-Khimki empty stands due to earlier imposed penalties on the Moscow football club by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA).

On October 3, UEFA ordered CSKA to play its next three UEFA competition home matches behind closed doors. In addition the club was fined €200,000 (over $253,000). UEFA also announced that the club was “banned from selling tickets to their fans for the next two UEFA Champions League group stage games, which the club will play as the visiting side.”

Last week, UEFA partially upheld an appeal from CSKA and softened its penalties against the Moscow football club.

CSKA have been ordered to play their next three UEFA competition matches as host club behind closed doors. The latest is suspended for a probationary period of five years,” the statement from the UEFA Appeals Body said on Tuesday last week. “The Russian team has also been fined Ђ100,000.”

The statement also said, however, that “CSKA remain banned from selling tickets to their fans for the next two UEFA Champions League group stage games which the club will play as the visiting side.”

The match against AS Roma, which ended with CSKA’s crushing 1-5 defeat, was held on September 17 in the Italian capital. CSKA Moscow’s fans began casting flares starting after the 71st minute of the match and also attempted to force their way to another sector of the stadium from the one, where they were seated.

The Russian club’s fans also entered a scuffle with AS Roma fans before the match but police managed to disperse the fighting parties. Two of CSKA fans were detained by police before the game and 15 more after the match.

UEFA also accused CSKA fans of unfolding a banner during the match that allegedly contained a race-hate instigation statement.

UEFA’s October 3 set of penalties followed previous sanctions against CSKA as the club was earlier ordered by UEFA to play its Champions League’s Group E match against Bayern Munich FC in late September in empty arena in Moscow. UEFA’s order was issued following CSKA’s fans poor behavior last December during the match against Viktoria Plzen FC.

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