Lazio have been ordered to play one UEFA competition home match in a partially closed stadium following the racist behaviour of their fans against Rennes in the Europa League.

The supporters were alleged to have engaged in racist chanting at Stadio Olimpico, as Lazio came from behind to win 2-1 on October 3.

UEFA's Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body has since found them guilty and ordered the partial closure of their stadium – specifically sections 46, 47, 48 and 49 – and the displaying of an 'Equal Game banner' for their next Europa League match.

Lazio must also pay a €20,000 fine and have been handed a suspended one-match UEFA stadium ban, which will only come into effect if they are found in breach again over the next year.

The Serie A were seemingly made aware of the sanctions a day earlier on Tuesday, acknowledging they were to be imposed because of "the hateful racist acts performed by a few".

Lazio also confirmed they plan to prosecute those responsible, continuing a "zero tolerance" policy against racism.

Edin Dzeko is set to miss Roma's trip to Sampdoria with a double fracture of the cheekbone, according to facial surgeon Professor Bruno Pesucci.

Dzeko sustained the injury in Roma's 1-1 draw at home against Cagliari on October 6, ruling him out of international duty for Bosnia-Herzegovina in their Euro 2020 qualifiers against Finland and Greece.

Pesucci revealed that the 33-year-old's injury is worse than first thought and would not be able to return until October 24 when Roma face Borussia Monchengladbach.

He advised Dzeko should be among the substitutes for that Europa League clash, ready to make a full return to first-team action three days later against AC Milan

"It was a bad break," Pesucci told Corriere dello Sport.

"Initially, only the zygomatic arch seemed broken, but then we also found a fracture at the lower edge of the right eye's orbit.

"Osteosynthesis was necessary, with the use of a plate fixed by screws to stabilise the orbit. Only in this way could the fracture of the zygomatic arch be contained.

"In other cases, I have worked on isolated fractures. Edin's is more complex, because it is a double and therefore the stabilisation will take longer."

Dzeko will be missed by Bosnia, having scored two goals in two games as they beat Liechtenstein and lost to Armenia in September.

He has also scored four of Roma's 12 Serie A goals this season as they sit fifth.

Pesucci added: "He must not be in a hurry. Edin still has pain. He had the operation on Monday, and he must feel comfortable for a week."

Daniel James is willing to continue at centre-forward if again asked to perform the role for a misfiring Manchester United.

Though naturally a winger, Wales international James led the line as United settled for a stalemate in their Europa League trip to AZ on Thursday.

The experiment lasted just over an hour until Ole Gunnar Solskjaer replaced him with Marcus Rashford.

United have now failed to score more than once in any of their nine games since hitting four against Chelsea on the Premier League's opening weekend.

Forcing the diminutive James to play as a striker in midweek put further scrutiny on the club's failure to replace Romelu Lukaku but the nimble 21-year-old insisted the job was not beyond him.

"I played more on the left at Swansea but up front and on the right too," James told the United website.

"It's important to be versatile in all three positions because you never know when you need to be called upon.

"We might have an injured number nine and I might need to go to play up there, so I need to be ready to play in all three roles.

"I do enjoy coming inside from the left. I can go down the line and cross with my left or go inside, but for now I think it's just about sometimes scoring a few by coming inside. [That] means people are going to be wary of that.

"So it's about mixing my game up."

An out-of-sorts Rashford is expected to return to the point of attack when United – who have been linked to Bournemouth's Callum Wilson – travel to St James' Park to meet Newcastle United on Sunday.

It will be the fifth match in a fortnight for Solskjaer's men and potentially a third start in less than seven days for James.

He said: "That's something when I was coming through at 17 and 18 that I struggled with really, playing every week and sometimes playing three times a week.

"That tolerance is something I've built up and it's so important.

"I mean, you've got to get yourself right, eat right and do the right things to be ready for the next game."

Unai Emery has called for patience with the latest crop of young Arsenal talent despite another impressive Europa League victory for his inexperienced side.

Joe Willock and Gabriel Martinelli shone for the Gunners in a 4-0 defeat of Standard Liege, which followed a 3-0 away victory against Eintracht Frankfurt in their Group F opener.

Emery has also thrust teenagers, including Bukayo Saka, into his team for Premier League action, leaving the likes of Mesut Ozil appearing increasingly marginalised.

"It can be exciting for the club with the young players, but also being calm because this process is continuing, with Bukayo, with Willock, with others," Emery said.

"But I want to improve our progress in the squad. Tonight [Thursday] we played very well and we can have confidence after that match but Sunday [against Bournemouth in the Premier League] is going to be different and difficult.

"We won here [at home to Burnley] 2-1, we drew against Tottenham, 3-2 against Aston Villa - three strong and tough matches here. We won two but we are going to be getting better, taking more confidence, taking more tactically and individually for these matches and Sunday is the first."

Emery suggested players who impressed against Standard could have forced their way into contention to play against Bournemouth.

"We made a really high intensity match tonight and some players, they rest for Sunday's match," he said.

"Sunday is going to be very difficult for us, it's very important for us to get the three points. We need the players to be rested, some players played tonight and we could use them Sunday as well. 

"We need to achieve that confidence and the players need these results. But each match is a challenge, to have that opportunity to show everybody how we can respond each moment.

"On Sunday it is going to be a very difficult match, we've played here in the Premier League three matches at home and I think really we need to improve. We need to take more confidence, the players getting better each match and Sunday is another challenge for us."

Ozil was left out of the Arsenal squad for the second game in a row despite being named among the club's group of captains.

The 30-year-old has played only 71 minutes in the Premier League this term and is yet to feature in the Europa League, but Emery dodged a question about whether the former Germany international is unfit.

"We are now being competitive in each position on the pitch," he said when asked about Ozil's fitness. "Really, they are deserving to help and to play.

"Now every player for me is the same and I want to try, to be pushing to achieve one position in the squad and in the first XI. We will be competitive and progressively we are getting better."

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang chose the wrong tone and words in his row with Hans-Joachim Watzke, says Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc.

After Watzke claimed money was the reason Aubameyang left BVB to join Arsenal in January 2018, the striker hit out at the Dortmund chief executive and called him a "clown" in a post on Twitter.

Watzke opted not to comment on the issue at a news conference on Friday but Zorc criticised the Gabon international.

"My feeling is that Auba took the wrong tone here and had the wrong choice of words," Zorc told reporters.

"Hans-Joachim Watzke did not say anything bad and did not mean anything bad.

"In the time Auba was with us, during four-and-a-half years, we have always stood behind him even in difficult situations.

"In that sense, I cannot understand now why he's had such a strong and exaggerated reaction."

Aubameyang departed Dortmund after four-and-a-half years to join the Gunners for a fee in the region of £56million (€63m).

He has since scored 39 times in the Premier League, though Arsenal missed out on Champions League qualification in their first season under Unai Emery.

Arsenal full-back Kieran Tierney has vowed to do everything he can to ensure Champions League football returns to the Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners have not competed in UEFA's showpiece competition since 2016-17 after finishing outside the Premier League's top four in three successive campaigns.

Arsenal reached the Europa League final last season and have made a positive start to their latest campaign this time around, beating Eintracht Frankfurt 3-0 and Standard Liege 4-0 in their first two Group F outings.

Tierney played a full part in Thursday's comfortable win over Standard, but the Scotland international insisted his side are more worthy of a place among Europe's elite.

"The club is a massive club and deserves to be in the Champions League," he told reporters.

"We know the ambitions of the club and the supporters and we're all in it together and hopefully we can do that.

"We've got the potential, we've got the ability."

Tierney has started two of Arsenal's last three matches since recovering from a hip injury and is in contention to make his Premier League debut against Bournemouth on Sunday.

"I'm just doing my best every day," said Tierney, who arrived from Celtic in a reported £25million deal during the close season.

"I work hard, the manager trusts me and I'm giving 100 per cent."

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer accepts Manchester United are in a "different era" to their glory days of the 1990s after failing to break down AZ.

United failed to have a shot on target in Thursday night's drab goalless draw in the Europa League, continuing their stuttering start to Solskjaer's first full season in charge at Old Trafford.

They have taken 49 points from their 28 Premier League games under Solskjaer, two fewer than they did in their final 28 under Jose Mourinho before his sacking last December.

United have not been genuine Premier League title contenders since the retirement of managerial great Alex Ferguson, with Solskjaer accepting teams do not respect or fear the Red Devils as they once did.

"We're not in the nineties now. It's a different era, a different team and group we're building," Solskjaer said.

"We know there's going to be ups and downs and I'm ready to see these boys blossom. There are not many clubs with our stature that play the young players like we do. They'll have a chance to come through and we're sure some of these will be part of a successful team.

"I don't know what the opponents think of us but I know sometimes, when you walk off games, that we're not doing bad, sometimes there's a gap and I've felt that at times but not very often.

"I can't think about what others think about us, we're working to improve and that's what we want to do."

United travel to Newcastle United on Sunday with the Magpies' new head coach Steve Bruce under pressure after a 5-0 defeat at Leicester City last time out.

Bruce and Solskjaer played together at United but a familiar face in the opposition dugout will change nothing for the Norwegian, whose side are winless in 10 consecutive away games in all competitions.

"You know as managers you don't want to give anyone any favours when we play each other," Solskjaer said. 

"Brucey is going to set up a team to win, I'm going to set up a team to try to win, so we're going there - it's a great stadium to play at - and we're looking forward to the game.

"Hopefully we've got many players fresh for Sunday."

Paul Pogba is highly unlikely to play at Newcastle United on Sunday but Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer suggested he could return to face Premier League rivals Liverpool.

Pogba was absent from the United squad that limped to a goalless draw with AZ in the Europa League on Thursday due to an ongoing foot injury.

He has been left out of the France squad by coach Didier Deschamps, who said the midfielder could be missing for three weeks.

That would leave Pogba a massive doubt for United's key clash with league leaders Liverpool at Old Trafford on October 20.

United are already without Jesse Lingard, Anthony Martial, Eric Bailly and Phil Jones and asked if his injured stars could return to face struggling Newcastle this weekend, Solskjaer said: "Probably not, let's see on Saturday morning, probably not.

"There's an international break as well and that might be a time for us to give them 10-14 days extra to be ready for Liverpool."

Thursday's stalemate in the Netherlands saw United fail to record a shot on target, with Solskjaer hoping to have avoided further injuries on an unfamiliar Astroturf surface.

"There's a few backs hurting, it's a hard surface, very hard, hopefully they'll be okay," he added.

"We'll travel home and they'll have a couple of days of recovery and be ready for Newcastle. No excuses whatsoever."

Arsenal boss Unai Emery has told Mesut Ozil he faces a fight to regain his place in the team after being left out of Thursday's Europa League win over Standard Liege.

Ozil was not in the squad as the Gunners cruised to a 4-0 win at Emirates Stadium, with Gabriel Martinelli scoring twice before further goals from Joe Willock and Dani Ceballos.

The 30-year-old has only played twice this season, in the 2-2 Premier League draw at Watford and last week's 5-0 EFL Cup defeat of Nottingham Forest, in which he was captain.

Emery has told the playmaker to work hard to win back a spot for Sunday's league game at home to Bournemouth.

When asked why Ozil was not involved against Standard, he told a news conference: "I am thinking every time to decide the best players for each match, and the best players in the squad to play and to help us. If I decided he is not in the squad, it's because I think another player deserved it more."

Pressed on what Ozil must do to regain his place, Emery replied: "Continue working. Tomorrow [Friday], we have training, and Sunday we have another match and we are going to decide the same: the best team possible to achieve our target, which is to win on Sunday and adapt to the difficulty of Bournemouth."

Emery was delighted with the performance of Martinelli, who also scored twice in the win over Forest, although he does not believe the teenager's best position is as a central striker.

"He played in pre-season with us and in every training session he showed he is hungry to be with us," said Emery.

"His pace is amazing and, in pre-season, he played in different positions. He preferred to play left wing but he played as a right-winger as well. He played as a striker in Brazil; it's not the best position for him.

"The first thing in his mind is to help us. His performance tonight and his attitude was amazing. In pre-season he was perfect with us all the time in training, playing, and I spoke with him to be calm because if he continues with training and with this hunger, he is going to do well.

"Our targets for the season are very important to achieve, but each match for the young players, when they have chances to play, if they play like some did tonight then they deserve to be with us. Matches like tonight I think are good because it is an important competition after the Premier League and they are deserving of being in the next matches with us."

Emery was also pleased with the performance of Kieran Tierney, who set up Martinelli for the opening goal.

"After his injury, he's coming back with a good attitude, he played last week against Nottingham Forest for 80 minutes," he said of the left-back.

"It was a good performance and tonight was a good performance. We are a better, competitive team with him and Sead Kolasinac at left-back. We are very happy with him."

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists his Manchester United side are on the right track despite another underwhelming result.

United drew 0-0 with AZ in the Europa League on Thursday, following on from a frustrating display in a dismal home draw with Arsenal on Monday.

Solskjaer was left fuming with the referee's failure to award Marcus Rashford a penalty in the second half, while a late injury to substitute Jesse Lingard further compounded the visitors' frustrations.

However, Solskjaer remained upbeat, stating his belief that United can consider the draw a well-earned point rather than two dropped, adding better results, and big moments, will follow if United maintain their current level of performance.

"Very happy with the boys," Solskjaer told a news conference.

"We came away with a good performance, it should have been three points of course because it's a nailed-on penalty. You can't even discuss it.

"[AZ] are a team who have beaten Feyenoord 3-0 away from home. This is a good performance and a good point against a good opponent on a bad surface.

"I couldn’t believe what I saw [with not getting a penalty], same as Arsenal with the handball.

"It's frustrating getting these little things. The boys deserve so much more. It's going to turn at one point and we'll get the decisions and then they'll get the results we deserve.

"If you get your draws away from home and win the home games, you'll be fine."

Solskjaer also confirmed Lingard, who was taken off in the first minute of stoppage time after pulling up with a hamstring injury, will miss Sunday's trip to Newcastle United in the Premier League, furthering United's injury woes, with Paul Pogba ruled out and Anthony Martial also doubtful.

"He tweaked his hamstring, so he didn't feel like he could risk it. But hopefully it's not too bad," Solskjaer added.

"Probably not Newcastle, but [he should] be ready for Liverpool [on October 20]."

Dudelange have apologised to Qarabag after a drone carrying the flag of a region disputed by Azerbaijan and Armenia caused Thursday's Europa League match to be temporarily suspended.

Play was halted in the first half of the Group A encounter in Luxembourg when a drone hovered above the pitch with the flag of the Nagorno-Karabakh region, which is derived from the Armenian flag.

Both sets of players attempted to knock the drone out of the air by kicking balls at it, with the match delayed by over 15 minutes.

When the match resumed, Qarabag took control, gaining a 3-0 lead by half-time with Dani Quintana's goal adding further gloss after the interval.

Qarabag originated in Agdam, a now ghost-town in south-west Azerbaijan that was destroyed by Armenian forces in the 1990s.

Nagorno-Karabakh and some surrounding territory has been under Armenian control after a 1994 ceasefire brought a six-year war to an end. Azerbaijan and Armenia have no diplomatic relations.

Dudelange swiftly issued an apology while vowing to investigate the incident.

"We apologise to [our] guests from Azerbaijan," the club tweeted. "We have nothing to do with this provocation. We'll figure [it] out!"

It is not the first time tensions between the neighbouring nations of Azerbaijan and Armenia have caused controversy in the Europa League.

Armenia star Henrikh Mkhitaryan elected not to travel to Baku for the 2018-19 final against Chelsea in May, having also sat out a 3-0 away win over Qarabag in last season's group stage.


Hector Bellerin continues to be impressed by young striker Gabriel Martinelli after he scored twice in Arsenal's 4-0 win over Standard Liege on Thursday.

The 18-year-old struck twice in the space of 131 seconds to set the Gunners on their way to a second Europa League victory this season, before Joe Willock and Dani Ceballos added goals of their own.

Martinelli now has four goals from two starts at Emirates Stadium, having netted a double in the 5-0 EFL Cup defeat of Nottingham Forest last week.

Bellerin believes there is plenty more to come from the Brazilian, who joined Unai Emery's side from Ituano in July.

"He's kept his head down and worked really hard, listened to the players, listened to the coaches, and it shows on the pitch," Bellerin told BT Sport.

"He's doing what the coach is asking him to do and that's the most important thing. He's still very young and I'm sure there's still a lot to come from him."

Bellerin felt Arsenal demonstrated a commendable attitude against Standard as they claimed a fourth win from their last five games in all competitions.

"I think the team had a great performance," said the full-back. "We came from beating Nottingham Forest at home, which was a very important win for us. We had great character in that win and the team always wanted more goals, which is the way to show respect, always playing at 100 per cent.

"We wanted to emulate that style of play, that pressing, even when winning 3-0 or 4-0. You can see the team is hungry and wants to improve.

It was a special game for Bellerin, who captained Arsenal for the first time in what was his first start since damaging knee ligaments in January.

"It's one of the best feelings for everyone who's been injured like that," he said. "They understand how hard the process is. But it's made me a better human and better player.

"I'm so grateful to all the physios, all the coaches, my family and friends around me – they've made it that little bit easier. Now, hopefully, I can enjoy my football."

Celtic gained revenge for their Champions League exit to Cluj as Neil Lennon's side got their Europa League campaign up and running with a 2-0 win over the same opponents.

Romanian champions Cluj knocked their Scottish counterparts out in Champions League qualification, with a remarkable 4-3 victory at Celtic Park seeing them progress 5-4 on aggregate.

Cluj met their match in the form of Slavia Prague in the final play-off round, dropping into Europa League Group E, winning their opening fixture against Lazio.

Their return to Glasgow was not so triumphant, however, as Odsonne Edouard and Mohamed Elyounoussi sent Celtic to the top of the group.

Celtic, who drew 1-1 with Rennes in their first outing, were swiftly out of the blocks and Edouard marked a strong start with the opener in the 20th minute. 

The former Paris Saint-Germain striker scored against Cluj in the extraordinary second leg in August and proved the bane of the visitors' defence again when he headed home Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo's cross.

Fraser Forster looked to have gifted Cluj an equaliser when he parried a free-kick straight to Mario Rondon, but Kevin Boli was in an offside position as he tucked in from his team-mate's pass.

And Elyounoussi doubled Celtic's lead just before the hour, netting his first Hoops goal with a tidy finish into the bottom-right corner.

Cluj pushed back, but Forster kept them at bay with a fine save from Ciprian Deac as Celtic got a first win of the group stage.

Arsenal made it six points from a possible six in the Europa League this season with a 4-0 victory over Standard Liege on Thursday.

Gabriel Martinelli scored twice in quick succession before Joe Willock added a third in a clinical first 22 minutes from Unai Emery's side.

Dani Ceballos netted his first goal for the club in the second half to cap a routine win for the Gunners, who are already looking a solid bet to reach the next round.

In his first start in Europe for the club, Kieran Tierney crossed for Martinelli to glance in a fine opening goal with only 13 minutes played.

Just 131 seconds later, Martinelli became the youngest Arsenal player to score twice in a European match, turning onto his right foot after collecting Reiss Nelson's cross and drilling a shot beyond Vanja Milinkovic-Savic.

Standard's wretched start was compounded six minutes later, as Willock buried a low shot into the net from 12 yards out after the visitors failed to clear their lines.

Standard still managed to threaten Arsenal when they broke forward, with Aleksandar Boljevic's crosses from the right causing some concern and Emiliano Martinez parrying a shot from Nicolas Gavory.

Any lingering resistance was broken 57 minutes in, though, when Martinelli clipped a cross towards the middle of the goal and Ceballos arrived to prod the ball over the line.

Substitute Nicolas Pepe saw a late effort blocked before Hector Bellerin fired the rebound over the crossbar, and Ceballos was denied a second by a good Milinkovic-Savic save, offering a slight reprieve to a Standard side who were otherwise well beaten.

What does it mean? Martinelli has Arsenal marching towards knockouts

Last season's beaten finalists are top of Group F with six points from two games and look to be heading for the last 32 with minimal fuss.

Given their indifferent form in the league, it might be time for Martinelli, who has four goals from two games in the Europa League and EFL Cup this season, to start getting more regular run-outs.

Willock a weapon in the making

Martinelli took his goals clinically, but it was Willock who most impressed for the Gunners, linking midfield to attack confidently and playing a part in nearly all their best attacking moves.

Vanheusden, we have a problem

Zinho Vanheusden was linked with Arsenal before completing a permanent move to Standard from Inter this year, and he certainly did his best to help the Gunners with his positioning for all three first-half goals.

What's next?

Arsenal host Vitoria SC on matchday three on October 24, but next up is a Premier League game at home to Bournemouth on Sunday.

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer felt Marcus Rashford clearly should have been awarded a penalty during the 0-0 Europa League draw against AZ.

In a game of few chances at the Cars Jeans Stadion, United substitute Rashford went to ground under a clumsy challenge from Stijn Wuytens during the closing stages.

After the match, Solskjaer bemoaned a familiar theme of a sapping week – recalling how claims for handball in the box against Arsenal defender Sead Kolasinac similarly fell on deaf ears during Monday's 1-1 draw at Old Trafford.

"It's a penalty 101 times out of a 100," Solskjaer told BT Sport.

"How many times this season have we not got penalties? Against Arsenal that would be 2-0, tonight would have been 1-0.

"It would have topped off a very good performance away from home against a very good team. We've come here and should have won."

United goalkeeper David de Gea repelled their Eredivisie opponents with a couple of sharp saves and reported Rashford was convinced he should have been awarded a spot kick.

"From my position it's really difficult to see that," he said.

"We asked Marcus and he said 100 per cent it's a penalty.

"I didn’t see well from my position but it's probably a penalty."

As it was, United did not manage a shot on target during the contest, but they have four points from two outings in the Europa League and Solskjaer was keen to focus on the positives.

One of those was an assured full debut from 19-year-old left-back Brandon Williams.

"Top class. You don’t see a better full debut from a full-back anywhere," Solskjaer added.

"The boy is just going to improve and improve."

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