The appeal committee of the Spanish Football Federation announced on Friday that Valencia’s penalty for racist abuse of its fans towards Brazilian Vinicius Junior, Real Madrid striker, was reduced.
The committee decided to close the southern stand of the “Mestalla” stadium for three home matches instead of five, which was a penalty imposed by the Competitions Committee of the Spanish Federation on the “bat” team, on Wednesday.
The committee also reduced the fine from 45,000 euros to 27,000 ($29,000).
On Sunday, Valencia will host Espanyol in the penultimate, thirty-seventh stage of the league, in an important match, as the two teams struggle to avoid relegation.
Three Valencia fans were suspended after the 22-year-old Brazilian winger was abused during Sunday’s 1-0 win over Madrid.