Ukraine hit with FIFA sanction

Players of Ukraine celebrate scoring against San Marino during their Brazil 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, Group H, football match in Lviv on September 6, 2013
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Ukraine are ordered to play their next home game behind closed doors after flares and racist behaviour from fans in their last match.

Ukraine have been ordered to play their next home game behind closed doors following the behaviour of their fans in their last World Cup qualifier against San Marino.

The referee and match commissioner spotted numerous flares from fans while there were also racist banners and alleged monkey chanting.

Ukraine, who are currently one point behind England in qualifying, face Poland in their next home game in October.

A FIFA statement read: "After taking into account the full circumstances of the case, and particularly given the gravity of the incidents, the committee decided that the next home match for Ukraine in the preliminary competition for the 2014 World Cup would be played without spectators."

Poland face England a few days after their game in Ukraine, and could have a big say in who qualifies from Group H.

Poland's Robert Lewandowski celebrates after scoring during the FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifier between Poland and Montenegro at the National Stadium on September 06, 2013
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