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Fines Increased Against Two Euro Football Clubs Over Racist Incidents

The European Football Union's Appeals Body has increased fines against two football clubs - Sparta Prague of the Czech Republic and Seville of Spain - for separate racist incidents.

The UEFA Appeals Body increased Sparta's fine to $51,200 for repeated racist abuse by its supporters during a Champions League match against Lyon September 28.

The Appeals Body increased Seville's fine to $21,300 for racist chanting and setting off fireworks in a UEFA Cup match against Portugal's Nacional club September 15.

Both Sparta and Seville also have to pay court costs.

The decision comes as the International Football Federation is investigating racist abuse of black players at Spain's friendly match this week against England. The Spanish Football Association has sent a letter of apology to England, but there have been calls for FIFA to force Spain to play its next two matches in empty stadiums.

Some information for this report provided by AP.