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by UEFA - 12/06/2013

Disciplinary proceedings have been opened following the UEFA Champions League round of 16 match between FC Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain (6-1), played on 8 March in Spain.

Charges against FC Barcelona:
- Field invasions by supporters - Art. 16 (2) of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations (DR)

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

Disciplinary proceedings have been opened following the UEFA Champions League round of 16 match between Arsenal FC and FC Bayern München (1-5), played on 7 March in England.

Charges against Arsenal FC:
- Field invasions by supporters - Art. 16 (2) of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations (DR)

Charges against FC Bayern München:
- Throwing of objects - Art. 16 (2) of DR

These cases will be dealt with by the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body on 23 March.

No other disciplinary cases have been opened after this match.

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Disciplinary proceedings have also been opened following the UEFA Champions League round of 16 match between SSC Napoli and Real Madrid CF (1-3), played on 7 March in Italy.

Charges against SSC Napoli:
- Use of laser pointer - Art. 16 (2.d) of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations (DR)
- Stairways blocked - Art. 38 of DR
- Throwing of objects - Art. 16 (2.b) of DR
- Setting off of fireworks - Art. 16 (2.c) of DR

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

The UEFA Appeals Body met on 2 March following an appeal by Roman Eremenko against the decision announced by the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body on 18 November 2016.

The UEFA Appeals Body decided that the player is suspended for two years with effect from 6 October 2016, when the provisional suspension was announced.

Disciplinary proceedings have been opened following the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 match between AC Sparta Praha and FC Rostov (1-1) played on 23 February in the Czech Republic.

The following proceedings have been opened against FC Rostov for the following infringement

• Setting off of fireworks - Art. 16 (2) DR

The UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body (CEDB) will meet to deal with the case on 23 March 2017.

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

Match: UEFA Champions League group stage match between FC Dynamo Kyiv and Beşiktaş JK (6-0), played on 6 December 2016 in Ukraine.

Decision: The CEDB has decided to fine FC Dynamo Kyiv €60,000 and Beşiktaş JK €60,000.

The charges against FC Dynamo Kyiv were related to crowd disturbances (Art. 16.2 of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations), setting off of fireworks (Art. 16.2 DR), stairways blocked (Art. 38 of UEFA Safety & Security Regulations) and insufficient organisation (Art. 37 of UEFA Safety & Security Regulations).

The charges against Beşiktaş JK were related to crowd disturbances (Art. 16.2 DR), acts of damage (Art. 16.2 DR) and setting off of fireworks (Art. 16.2 DR).

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

Match: UEFA Champions League group stage match between Manchester City FC and Celtic FC (1-1), played on 6 December in Manchester, England.

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

The charges against Celtic FC were related to setting off of fireworks – Art. 16 (2) of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations (DR) and crowd disturbances – Art. 16 (2) DR.

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Match: UEFA Europa League group stage match between FC Zorya Luhansk and Manchester United FC (0-2), played on 8 December in Ukraine.

Decision: The CEDB has decided to fine FC Zorya Luhansk €16,000.

The charges against FC Zorya Luhansk were related to the 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.

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.

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