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by UEFA - 12/06/2013

Match: Legia Warszawa – FC Aktobe (2-0), UEFA Europa League play-off second-leg played on 28 August in Poland

Disciplinary proceedings have been opened against Legia Warszawa for illicit banner (art. 16 (2) (e) of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations), setting off of fireworks (art. 16 (2) (c) DR) and insufficient organization (art 16 (1) DR) at their .

The case will be dealt by the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body on 4 September.

Beşiktaş JK coach Slaven Bilić will serve a minimum one-match suspension following his dismissal during yesterday's goalless UEFA Champions League play-off first leg against Arsenal FC in Istanbul.

Bilić will therefore not be allowed to sit in the Beşiktaş dugout at the return leg to be played on 27 August in London.

The UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body will decide on the final sanction next week (exact date to follow).

Meanwhile, in regard to the incident reported by Arsenal FC coach Arsène Wenger, UEFA is still evaluating the official reports.

The UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body has taken the following decision:

Competition: 2014/15 UEFA Champions League
Match: FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 0-0 FC København, 30 July, third qualifying round first leg

Incidents: Insufficient organisation – Article 16 (1) UEFA Disciplinary Regulations; Crowd disturbances – Article 16 (1) DR

Sanction: The UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body has ordered Dnipro to play their next UEFA competition match as host club behind closed doors. This sanction is deferred for a probationary period of two years. The Ukrainian team has also been fined €50,000.

The UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body has taken the following decision:

Competition: 2014/15 UEFA Champions League 
Match: Feyenoord 1-2 Beşiktaş JK, 30 July, third qualifying round first leg

Incidents: Racist behaviour – Article 14 UEFA Disciplinary Regulations; Crowd disturbances – Article 16 (2) DR; Setting-off/throwing of fireworks and missiles – Article 16 (2) DR; Insufficient organisation – Article 16 (1) DR

Sanction: The UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body has ordered the partial closure of Feyenoord's stadium for the next UEFA competition match which they will play as host club and, in particular, sector E of the ground. The Dutch team has also been fined €45,000.

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UEFA opens disciplinary investigations against FIGC President

Following a request of information made by UEFA on 28 July 2014, Mr Carlo Tavecchio, President of the Italian Football Federation (FIGC), has today been personally informed by UEFA about the decision of its Chief Ethics and Disciplinary Inspector to open a disciplinary investigation on alleged racist comments made by him during his FIGC presidential election campaign. 

Once the report has been completed, the UEFA Chief Ethics and Disciplinary Inspector will submit its conclusions to the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body to render a decision about this matter.

Further details concerning these proceedings will be announced in due course.

FC Zenit player Axel Witsel will be suspended for Wednesday's UEFA Champions League play-off first leg against R. Standard de Liège after the decision to ban him for two games following his red card against AEL Limassol was upheld by the UEFA Appeals Body.

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The UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body has taken the following decisions concerning racist incidents at recent UEFA club competition qualifying matches:

 

Competition: 2014/15 UEFA Champions League third qualifying round first leg

Match: ŠK Slovan Bratislava v FC Sheriff (2-1) played on 29 July in Slovakia

Incident: Racist behaviour – Article 14 UEFA Disciplinary Regulations

Sanction: The UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body has ordered the partial closure of ŠK Slovan Bratislava stadium, Pasienky Stadium, for the next (one) UEFA competition match which they will play as host club and, in particular, the sectors C7, C8 and C9 of the stadium.

 

Competition: 2014/15 UEFA Europa League thrid qualifying round first leg

Match: FC Dinamo Moskva v Hapoel Kiryat Shmona FC (1-1) played on 31 July in Russia

Incident: Racist behaviour  – Article 14 UEFA Disciplinary Regulations

Sanction: The UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body has ordered the partial closure of FC Dinamo Moskva’s stadium, St Arena Khimky Stadium, for the next (one) UEFA competition match which they will play as host club and, in particular, the sector D2 of the stadium.

 

Competition: 2014/15 UEFA Europa League third qualifying round first leg

Match: Ruch Chorzów v Esbjerg fB (2-0) played on 23 July in Poland

Incident: Racist behaviour – Article 14 UEFA Disciplinary Regulations

Sanction: The UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body has ordered the partial closure of Ruch Chorzów’s stadium, Stadion Miejski w Gliwicach, for the next (one) UEFA competition match which they will play as host club, and, in particular, the sectors J, K, L, M and N of the stadium.

 

The fight against racism is a high priority for UEFA. The European governing body has a zero-tolerance policy towards racism and discrimination on the pitch and in the stands. All forms of racist behaviour are considered serious offences against the disciplinary regulations and are punished with the most severe sanctions. Following the entry into force of the new disciplinary regulations on 1 June 2013, the fight against racist conduct has been stepped up a level – resulting in more severe sanctions to deter any such behaviour.

UEFA Appeals Body: Legia Warszawa case

The UEFA Appeals Body met yesterday following an appeal by Legia Warszawa against the decision taken by the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body on 8 August.

The appeal lodged by the Polish club was rejected and, therefore, the original decision of the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body is confirmed.

The Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body had sanctioned Legia for fielding a suspended player (Article 18 of the Regulations of the UEFA Champions League, 2014/15 competition, and Article 21 of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations, 2014 edition) in the 2014/15 UEFA Champions League third qualifying round return leg against Celtic FC in Edinburgh on 6 August. That match has been declared as a forfeit, meaning Legia lost 3-0.

Legia Warszawa have appealed against the decision taken by the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body on 8 August. The meeting of the UEFA Appeals Body will be held on Wednesday 13 August.

The UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body had sanctioned Legia Warszawa for fielding a suspended player (Article 18 of the 2014/15 UEFA Champions League Regulations and Article 21 of the 2014 UEFA Disciplinary Regulations) in the 2014/15 UEFA Champions League third qualifying round return-leg between Celtic FC and Legia Warszawa played on 6 August 2014 in Edinburgh. The match had been declared as forfeit meaning Legia Warszawa have lost the match 3-0.

The UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body has announced that FC Zenit midfielder Alex Witsel has been suspended for two matches.

As the player did not participate in Zenit’s UEFA Champions League third qualifying round second leg against AEL Limassol FC on 6 August, he has one match of the suspension still to serve.

Witsel had received a red card in the first leg of the AEL Limassol FC tie, in Cyprus on 30 July.

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