Champions League: CSKA have ban on fans reduced to two games

CSKA fans clash with police in Rome
Four police and 13 stewards were injured in clashes between fans and police in Rome

CSKA Moscow's penalty for trouble caused by their fans during last month's Champions League defeat at Roma has been reduced on appeal.

The Russian champions had been ordered to play three European home games behind closed doors after a series of offences, including racist chanting.

Uefa has cut the penalty to two games, the first of which was last week's 2-2 draw against Manchester City.

CSKA have had an accompanying fine reduced from £158,000 to £79,000.

Governing body Uefa said in a statement: "The latest (of the three matches) is suspended for a probationary period of five years."

But CSKA are still banned from selling tickets to their next two Champions League away games, while the home game against Roma on 25 November will be played behind closed doors.

CSKA Moscow fans
CSKA Moscow supporters fight with police during the Champions League game at Roma last month

After his side's draw in Moscow, Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany criticised the way in which the penalty had been applied.

The 28-year-old said the punishment was unfair on City - who were also barred from having fans at the match.

A CSKA spokesman said: "We are not ready to make any comments until we receive the official reasoning for their decision. We expect to receive it within a week."

The club have played both of their Champions League Group E home matches this season behind closed doors.

Their 1-0 home defeat against Bayern Munich on 30 September was played without paying spectators as punishment for racist behaviour by CSKA fans last season.

CSKA lost their second group game 5-1 to Roma before drawing with City.

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