Crowd disturbances at the club’s home games forced the governing body to take such rigid action.
UEFA on Monday 27th August 2018 ordered the Ligue 1 club Lyon to play their first UEFA Champions League game behind closed doors. The decision comes after a fray of events from Lyon fans causing crowd trouble IN A GAME against CSKA Moscow last season.
The governing body charged the French club under multiple counts, including throwing of objects, setting off of fireworks, crowd disturbances, racist behaviour and blocking of stairways.
UEFA’s Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body (CEDB) has fined Lyon €100,000 and determined that the next European game they host must be played without fans in attendance.
Another ban of a home fixture may lead to a two-year probationary period.
Lyon were already in the midst of a two-year suspended ban imposed by the CEDB following crowd trouble in the first leg of their Europa League quarter-final with Besiktas in 2017.