February 27, 2018 / 7:51 AM / 18 days ago

Soccer: UEFA charge Atalanta for alleged racist chants during Dortmund clash

(Reuters) - UEFA have charged Atalanta for alleged racist behaviour after Borussia Dortmund striker Michy Batshuayi said he was racially abused by the Serie A side’s supporters in Thursday’s Europa League last-32 meeting between the two sides.

Soccer Football - Bundesliga - Borussia Dortmund vs FC Augsburg - Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund, Germany - February 26, 2018 Borussia Dortmund’s Michy Batshuayi reacts REUTERS/Leon Kuegeler

Batshuayi, on-loan from Premier League champions Chelsea, hit out at Atalanta fans for making monkey noises during the second leg of the tie, which ended 1-1 and saw Dortmund progress to the last-16 with a 4-3 aggregate win.

The Italian team have been charged with violating several UEFA disciplinary and safety regulations including racist behaviour, setting off fireworks, throwing of objects and blocking stairways.

“The cases will be dealt with by the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body on 22 March,” the governing body of European football said.

German side Dortmund have also been charged with their fans setting off fireworks and throwing objects.

Atalanta were previously handed a suspended one-game stand closure after Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly was subjected to racist chants during a league game between the two sides.

Reporting by Aditi Prakash in Bengaluru; editing by Sudipto Ganguly

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