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Celtic to play Zenit St.Petersburg in a partially closed stadium

Zenit fans

Celtic are set to play Zenit St.Petersburg in a partially closed stadium when they travel to Russia in February.

Brendan Rodgers’ side were drawn to face Roberto Mancini’s side in the last 32 of the Europa League this afternoon, but the Russians will be forced to close part of their stadium after being found guilty of racist behaviour by UEFA.

Zenit were charged by UEFA after their clash with Macedonian side FK Vardar after their fans displayed a banner saying ‘Ratko Mladic is a hero’.

The game was played a day after the 74-year-old former Bosnian Serb General received a life sentence in the Hague Tribunal for war crimes. Mladic was found guilty on ten different counts, including the Srebrenica genocide which killed around 8000 Muslim men and boys.

Zenit racist banner

On Friday, UEFA found Zenit St.Petersburg guilty of the charge as well as another charge of setting off pyros.

Celtic will take on Zenit at Celtic Park on February 15th before travelling to St.Petersburg a week later on the 22nd February.

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