Zozulya scandal: Court puts Rayo Vallecano's penalty on hold

Source : 112 Ukraine

The Appeal Committee of the Spanish Football Federation temporarily reprieved the penalty imposed on Rayo Vallecano because of insults towards the Ukrainian striker
18:45, 3 January 2020

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On December 15, match between Rayo Vallecano and Albacete was abandoned after offensive chants towards Ukrainian player Roman Zozulya.

After the game was stopped during the first half and messages were conveyed to stop the singing, the match did not restart after the break due to chants coming from the stands at Estadio de Vallecas.

"Zozulya, you're a f***ing Nazi," Rayo fans were chanting towards the Albacete striker.

Related: Ukrainian footballer Zozulya comments on recent fascism scandal

Rayo Vallecano was fined 18 thousand euros, The Spanish Football Federation decided that the match between Rayo Vallecano and Albacete should be finished without spectators, and its next two home matches will be held with partially closed bleachers.

However, the Appeal Committee of the Spanish Football Federation determined that Rayo Vallecano did not have enough time to appeal. After all, the team could appeal the decision until January 14, and the next home match, which should take place with partially closed bleachers, is scheduled to take place on January 5. Therefore, it temporarily reprieved the penalty imposed on Rayo Vallecano, Marca writes.

As we reported earlier, Zozulya already experienced this particular trouble in January 2017, when he tried to sign in with another team from Spanish top football league, Rayo Vallecano. Back then, the football fans also took him as a Nazi.

Related: Football: Oviedo FC fan club charges Ukraine's Zozulya with 'neo-Nazism'

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