The world soccer regulator said it wouldn’t review the case before the crucial Oct. 11 game against Poland, so it lifted its stadium closure order. A fine of $50,000 still stands as does a ban to play in Lviv for the next World Cup qualifying cycle, pending the appeal review.
Ukraine’s football association challenged the severity of the punishment but not many of the accusations. It acknowledged that neo-Nazi paraphernalia was on display in Lviv during the Sept. 6 match against San Marino. One fan wore a t-shirt in with a code for “Heil Hitler.” A banner featured a neo-Nazi slogan displayed by far-right groups around Europe with an image of brass knuckles and a razor blade. In another incident, a group of about 30 people made monkey noises and gestures after Edmar Halovsky, a Brazil-born and naturalized Ukrainian, scored a goal.
There were also nine incidents of pyrotechnic use, a clear violation of FIFA’s match safety regulations.