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Dinamo Zagreb to play behind closed doors after racist fan behaviour

Dinamo Zagreb fans will not be permitted to attend the club's next European home game.

Dinamo Zagreb have been ordered to play their next home European match behind closed doors following racist behaviour by their fans in the Europa League game against Benfica, UEFA said on Monday.

The Croatian champions were also fined €20,000 ($22,000) while an on order to play a second game behind closed doors was deferred for a probationary period of two years.

The club were fined a further €47,000 for the setting off of fireworks and throwing of objects by fans and for blocked stairways.


Liverpool's Dejan Lovren has perjury charges against him in Croatia dropped

Lovren's confidence hasn't always been a strong suit but right now, he's in superb form and is right to claim his place among football's top defenders.
Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren was charged with giving false testimony in a trial against one of his former clubs.

A Croatian court has dropped charges of perjury against Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren.

In September, Lovren was charged with false testimony in a trial against officials at Dinamo Zagreb, one of the centre-back's former clubs.

But the Zagreb municipal court "rejected the indictment ... against Lovren," on Jan. 25, according to a tribunal statement, as cited by AFP. However, it added that the ruling can be appealed.

Lovren's Croatia teammate and Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric was charged in...

Real Madrid's Luka Modric won't face charges in Croatian criminal case

Real Madrid's Luka Modric, FIFA's footballer of the year, will not face charges of giving false testimony in the criminal trial of his former boss at Dinamo Zagreb, who was convicted in June of evading tax and siphoning transfer fees from the club.

A Croatian appeals court rejected a request by prosecutors to have charges reinstated against the Croatian international midfielder that had been thrown out by a lower court.

"The [Zagreb county] court rejected the appeal by the state attorney and confirmed...

Ajax, Young Boys, AEK Athens reach Champions League group stage

Four-time European champions Ajax qualified for the Champions League group stage on Tuesday for the first time in four years, while AEK Athens and Young Boys Bern ended even longer absences.

Ajax went to Dynamo Kiev with a 3-1 lead and that was the final aggregate result after the Dutch side  were held to a 0-0 draw despite dominating.

Dusan Tadic hit the post from the penalty spot and Hakim Ziyech curled a free kick on to the crossbar as Ajax failed to score despite recording 15 attempts on...

Leicester City sign Filip Benkovic, agree deal for Caglar Soyuncu

Filip Benkovic joined Leicester City from Dinamo Zagreb on a five-year contract.
Filip Benkovic signed a five-year contract with Leicester City after leaving Dinamo Zagreb.

Leicester City have signed defender Filip Benkovic from Dinamo Zagreb on a five-year deal reportedly worth £13 million and have agreed a deal for Turkey defender Caglar Soyuncu for £19m..

Soyuncu, 22, has agreed personal terms and signed a five-year contract, subject to a work permit being granted.

Benkovic, a Croatia under-21 international, made 30 appearances in all competitions for Zagreb last season and helped them clinch the Croatian league title.

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