MONTENEGRO will play their next home game behind closed doors as punishment for the racist abuse of England players last month.
Raheem Sterling cupped his ears with his hands after scoring in England’s 5-1 win in Podgorica after Danny Rose and Callum Hudson-Odoi were targeted by home fans during the Euro 2020 qualifier.
Following a Uefa disciplinary commission ruling, Montenegro will take on Kosovo on June 7 in front of empty stands.
Sterling was among Three Lions stars to slam the home fans’ behaviour last month – and called for the stadium to be shut down.
He celebrated his late goal by cupping his ears in a pointed gesture of defiance.
Then on Instagram he said: “Best way to silence the haters (yeah I mean racists).”
He then added: “I just wanted to show them that you are going to need more than that to upset and stop us.
“It’s a shame to see this keep going on. We can only bring awareness to this situation and it’s now time for the people in charge to put a real stamp on it.
“You can fine someone but what is that going to do? You have to make it a bit harder, you’ve got to punish either the whole fans that comes to games.
“You need to do something to make them think twice because if their team can’t play with fans then it’s going to be difficult for them.
“You’ve got to make them think twice.”
The Montenegro FA responded to Uefa’s action today by saying: “Due to racist outbursts of a small number of fans, our national selection will play the next qualifying game in front of the empty stands at the City Stadium in Podgorica.”