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Lazio and Real Madrid are to appeal against the punishments meted out by UEFA following allegations of racial abuse by their supporters in recent European ties.

UEFA’s control and disciplinary body handed down a stadium ban to the Rome club last week, citing racist abuse and crowd during the UEFA Cup tie against FK Partizan on 25 November.

Lazio are unable to qualify from the UEFA Cup group stage which means that the ban would carry over until they next qualify for a UEFA club competition.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid have also lodged an appeal against the €9,780 fine imposed by UEFA for the behaviour of some of their supporters during last month’s UEFA Champions League game with Bayer 04 Leverkusen.

Television footgae showed supporters chanting racist abuse at the German club’s black players. Some fans were also seen making Nazi salutes.

The appeals will take place in January.

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