Ogenyi Onzai’s club Lazio have been fined 50,000 euros (£38,250) by the Serie A’s disciplinary body after their match against Napoli on Wednesday was temporarily halted following racist chants.
The match was stopped for three minutes in the second half after some fans aimed racist chants at Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly in a game Lazio lost 2-0 with the Nigerian international playing the entire duration of the game.
Lazio will also have to close three sections of the Stadio Olimpico ground for their next two Serie A home games. A spokesman for Serie A’s disciplinary office said the club’s North End, Tevere North End and Monte Mario North End must be closed for two matches.
Senegal international Koulibaly, 24, praised referee Massimiliano Irrati for stopping the match. Lazio have frequently been punished in the past for similar offences.
This includes a one-match sanction which had been suspended for a year after racist chants from some fans in their home match against Genoa on 10 February 2015.