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by UEFA - 12/06/2013

Disciplinary proceedings have been opened against AS Saint-Étienne due to the behaviour of their supporters during their UEFA Europa League Round of 32 match against Manchester United FC on 16 February 2017 at Old Trafford.

The following proceedings have been opened against AS Saint-Étienne for the following infringements:

Setting off of firework – Art. 16 (2) of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations (DR)
Throwing of objects – Art. 16 (2) DR
Improper conduct of supporters – Art. 16 (2) DR

The UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body will meet to deal with this case at its meeting on 23 March 2017.

Disciplinary update:

The UEFA appeals body has informed that Roman Eremenko’s appeal will be heard on 2 March 2017.

CFCB asdjudicatory decision regarding FK Partizan

The UEFA Club Financial Control Body (CFCB) adjudicatory chamber has announced its decision in the case of FK Partizan (SRB).

This decision confirms the following:

FK Partizan will be excluded from participating in the next (1) UEFA club competition for which it would otherwise qualify during the next three (3) seasons (i.e. the 2017/18, 2018/19 and 2019/20 seasons).

This decision was taken after FK Partizan failed to comply with the Articles 65(1), 66(1) and 66bis(1) of the UEFA Club Licensing and Financial Fair-Play Regulations.

UEFA statement about “Esteladas”

UEFA is happy to note that FC Barcelona has withdrawn its appeal to CAS regarding the financial sanction imposed on the club by UEFA’s independent disciplinary bodies in connection with the display of “Estelades” at two UEFA Champions League matches in November 2015.
 
UEFA appreciates that FC Barcelona has recognized that, when it comes to the application of the current UEFA’s Disciplinary Regulations, there is presently little scope for the disciplinary bodies to depart from the established rules and that they must enforce these rules as they stand, including with respect to the existing prohibition of political type messages at football matches. 
 
At the same time, UEFA recognizes that rules of this nature are not “set in stone” and that they can, and should, evolve to reflect the nature of the society in which we live, where freedom of expression is generally a value to be supported and cherished. 
 
While UEFA does not want football matches to be used for the purposes of political demonstrations, it also would have no wish to sanction any club or national association in situations where no reasonable person could object to, or be offended by, a particular message conveyed at a football match.   
 
Consequently, UEFA is also happy to re-examine the precise scope of its existing Disciplinary Regulations, in order to ensure that, if and when any sanction is to be imposed, this only happens in circumstances and cases where the majority of reasonable people think that a sanction should be imposed.
 
With this in mind, UEFA will also establish a working group, involving both clubs and national associations, to review the disciplinary framework and which will make appropriate recommendations.

Disciplinary proceedings have been opened following the UEFA Europa League group stage match between FC Zorya Luhansk and Manchester United FC (0-2), played on 8 December in Ukraine.

Charges against FC Zorya Luhansk:

Setting off of fireworks – Art. 16 (2) of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations (DR)
Throwing of objects  - Art. 16 (2) DR
Field invasion – Art. 16 (2) DR
Stairways blocked – Art. 38 of UEFA Safety & Security Regulations

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Disciplinary proceedings have also been opened following the UEFA Europa League group stage match between R. Standard de Liège and AFC  Ajax (1-1), played on 8 December in Belgium.

Charges against Standard:
Stairways blocked – Art. 38 of UEFA Safety & Security Regulations

Charges against Ajax:
Setting off of fireworks – Art. 16 (2) DR
Throwing of objects  - Art. 16 (2) DR

Both cases will be dealt with by the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body on 23 February 2017.

Disciplinary proceedings have been opened following the UEFA Champions League group stage match between FC Dynamo Kyiv and Beşiktaş JK (6-0), played on 6 December in Ukraine.

Charges against FC Dynamo Kyiv:
Crowd disturbances – Art. 16(2) of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations (DR)
Setting off of fireworks – Art. 16(2) DR
Stairways blocked – Art. 38 of UEFA Safety & Security Regulations
Insufficient organisation (lack of segregation) – Art. 37 of UEFA Safety & Security Regulations


Charges against Beşiktaş JK:
Crowd disturbances – Art. 16(2) of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations
Acts of damage – Art. 16(2) DR
Setting off of fireworks – Art. 16(2) DR

These cases will be dealt with by the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body on 2 February 2017.

Disciplinary proceedings have been opened following the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Manchester City FC and Celtic FC (1-1), played on 6 December in Manchester, England.

Charges against Celtic FC:

- Setting off of fireworks – Art. 16 (2) of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations (DR)
- Crowd disturbances – Art. 16 (2) DR

This case will be dealt with by the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body on 23 February 2017.

The UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body (CEDB) has announced the following decision:

Match: UEFA Champions League group stage match between Leicester City FC and FC København (1-0), played on 18 October in England.

Charges against FC København: Setting off of fireworks – Art. 16 (2) of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations

Decision: The CEDB has decided to fine FC København €19,000.

Roman Eremenko suspended for 2 years

The UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body (CEDB) has notified today its decision in relation to PFC CSKA Moskva player, Roman Eremenko.

The Finnish player has been suspended for 2 years from all competitions, following the positive result of a doping control test in competition undergone by the player after the UEFA Champions League group stage match between Bayer 04 Leverkusen and PFC CSKA Moskva played on 14 September 2016 in Germany.

The analysis of the A sample revealed the presence of cocaine and its metabolites - a stimulant that is classified under the category of prohibited substances in the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) 2016 Prohibited List under class S6 - being prohibited in-competition.

The player was found guilty of being in breach of the UEFA Anti-Doping Regulations, Edition 2016. As a result, the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body decided to impose a two-year ban on Roman Eremenko, starting from 6 October 2016 date of the provisional suspension.

This decision may be appealed against within three days of receipt of the written reasoning.

The UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body (CEDB) has announced the following decision:

Match: UEFA Champions League, group F, Real Madrid CF vs. Legia Warszawa (5-1) played on 18 October in Spain.

Charges against Legia Warszawa:

- Crowd disturbances - Art. 16.2 (letter h) of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations (DR)

Decision: The UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary (CEDB) has decided:

- To ban Legia Warszawa from selling tickets to its away supporters for the next (1) UEFA competition match in which the club will play as the away team, namely their next UEFA Champions League match against Borussia Dortmund on 22 November in Germany.
 - To ban Legia Warszawa from selling tickets to its away supporters for two (2) additional UEFA competition matches in which the club will play as the away team. This sanction is deferred for a probationary period of one year.
 - To fine Legia Warszawa €80,000.


*Note: The full Article 16 of the 2016 UEFA Disciplinary Regulations can be found here:

Article 16 - Order and security at UEFA competition matches

1. Host clubs and national associations are responsible for order and security both inside and around the stadium before, during and after matches. They are liable for incidents of any kind and may be subject to disciplinary measures and directives unless they can prove that they have not been negligent in any way in the organisation of the match.

2. However, all associations and clubs are liable for the following inappropriate behaviour on the part of their supporters and may be subject to disciplinary measures and directives even if they can prove the absence of any negligence in relation to the organisation of the match:

a. the invasion or attempted invasion of the field of play;

b. the throwing of objects;

c. the lighting of fireworks or any other objects;

d. the use of laser pointers or similar electronic devices;

e. the use of gestures, words, objects or any other means to transmit any message that is not fit for a sports event, particularly messages that are of a political, ideological, religious, offensive or provocative nature;

f. acts of damage;

g. causing a disturbance during national anthems;

h. any other lack of order or discipline observed inside or around the stadium.

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