UEFA should threaten to make Lazio play its next Europa League game behind closed doors if its fans are found guilty of making monkey chants, according to leading anti-racism campaigner Piara Powar.
UEFA, whose president Michel Platini was at the game, is awaiting reports from the match delegate and referee
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The group's executive director Powar thinks European football's governing body need to issue a tough punishment on Lazio to send a strong message to the club that racism will not be tolerated.
He said: "UEFA normally operate a 'three strikes and you're out' policy, and I think Lazio are at first base in that respect, but if (UEFA) really want to set the bar high, if they really want to send out a strong message, then I think they can do so regardless of whether it's a first or second offence.
"I therefore think that UEFA could move directly to something like a match behind closed doors (punishment).
"They could suspend that punishment, perhaps, and then if something happens further down the line, then they can trigger that.
"Lazio are a strong club. They have been part of the European football scene for a long time. There needs to be quite a hard symbolic action taken when these instances occur.
"This punishment is one way of waking the club and the fans up to some of the problems that they face."
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