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By Chineze Ogugua

Russian champion, Spartak Moscow has been charged by UEFA on Thursday after a fan fired a flare at the referee during a Champions League match against Maribor of Slovenia which ended 1-1.

The flare rocketed out of the section holding visiting Spartak fans in the first half and landed in the centre-circle near German referee, Denis Aytekin and burned him, causing the referee to briefly stop play.

Slovenian police said late on Wednesday that two Spartak fans had been arrested in connection with the use of flares at the Ljudski Vrt Stadium. Police did not specify whether the two fans were suspected of firing the flare which landed near Aytekin.

The Russian club will risk playing behind closed doors , with their next match against Liverpool at the Otkritie Arena looming.

UEFA also charged Ukrainian club Shakhtar Donetsk with flare use by fans in their 2-1 win over Napoli, however, no charges were made against Napoli as it wasn’t included in the official match report.

UEFA’s disciplinary panel will judge the case on Sept. 21.

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