In a meeting which was held by the UEFA Control Ethics and Disciplinary Body on Friday February 23rd, a decision was reached for a partial closure to sections of the Upper East stand at the Netanya Stadium during Maccabi Tel Aviv FC’s next European home match.

The decision was made as a punishment for racist behavoir by fans from this area of the Stadium during the UEFA Europa League home match against Dundalk of Ireland and was noted in the match report by the UEFA delegate.

According to UEFA’s decision, sections 603-607 of the Upper East Stand will be closed and a banner with the word “RESPECT” on it will be displayed in this area over  the course of the next European home match.

Despite the punishment that was handed down by UEFA, and following the understandings reached between the Club’s management and fans which led to a positive atmosphere at the Stadium with unprecedented support for the team that has not led to any disciplinary action – the Club hopes that this will continue throughout the current season and for the future seasons to come.