Getafe ordered to close stand over racist abuse

General view inside Getafe's Estadio Coliseum
Getafe have played at the Estadio Coliseum since 1998

The Spanish Football Federation has ordered Getafe to partially close their central stand for three matches as punishment for racist and xenophobic abuse by their fans last weekend.

The match restarted after two and a half minutes with no further incidents.

Getafe have also been fined 27,000 euros (£23,000).

The RFEF said in a statement that the closed area in the stands at Estadio Coliseum must display a visible message condemning violent, racist, xenophobic and intolerant acts in football and support fair play.

Getafe sit 11th in La Liga and the partial stadium closure will run across their next three home fixtures against Real Sociedad (21 April), Athletic Bilbao (5 May) and Atletico Madrid (15 May).

Later on Saturday, Spanish third-division club Rayo Majadahonda walked off the field and refused to return in their match at Sestao after Senegalese goalkeeper Sheikh Sarr was allegedly racially abused.

Last month, Real Madrid and Brazil winger Vinicius said he felt “less and less” like playing football because of the repeated racism he has faced during his time in Spain.

Last season there were 10 racist incidents against 23-year-old Vinicius reported to prosecutors by La Liga.

On Tuesday, Spain and Brazil drew 3-3 in a friendly which was played as part of an anti-racism campaign in support of Vinicius.

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