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by UEFA - 12/06/2013

The UEFA Appeals Body met last week, following an appeal lodged by the Croatian Football Federation (HNS) against the decisions taken by the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body (CEDB) on 8 April 2015, in relation to various incidents that occurred during the UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying Group H match between Croatia and Norway, which was played in Zagreb on 28 March 2015.

The appeal by the HNS has been rejected, and the original decision of the CEDB has been upheld. The CEDB had ordered the Croatian Football Federation to play its next UEFA competition match as host association behind closed doors (against Italy on 12 June 2015). The Croatian Football Federation had also been fined €50,000. In addition, the association had been fined €5,000 for the setting off of fireworks by spectators.
This decision is final.

Disciplinary proceedings have been opened following the UEFA Europa League semi-final, second leg between FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk and SSC Napoli (1-0) played on 14 May in Kyiv (Ukraine).

Charges against FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk:
- Improper conduct of the team (5 cards or more) – art. 15 (4) of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations (DR)
- Improper conduct of the supporters:
field invasion by supporters – art. 16 (2) (a) of the DR
racist behavior (banner) – art. 14 and 16 (2) (e) of the DR
setting off and throwing of fireworks – art. 16(2) (b) and (c) of the DR
crowd disturbances – art. 16 (2) (h) of the DR
- Insufficient organisation (stairways blocked) – art. 38 safety & security regulations.

The cases will be dealt with by the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body on 21 May.

The Club Financial Control Body (CFCB) Investigatory Chamber today announced that ten clubs, for which investigations were opened following non-compliance with Financial Fair Play (FFP) break-even regulations, have individually agreed to settlement agreements.

The clubs are AS Monaco FC, AS Roma, Beşiktaş JK, FC Internazionale Milano, FC Krasnodar, FC Lokomotiv Moskva and Sporting Clube de Portugal and, for minor breaches, FC Rostov, Kardemir Karabükspor and PFC CSKA Sofia.

The CFCB Investigatory Chamber also announced that VfL Wolsburg have been found (following the submission of additional financial information) to have satisfied the break-even requirement and are no longer under investigation.

These settlement agreements aim to ensure that each club achieves break-even compliance with minimal delay, and are defined by Articles 14 (1) (b) and 15 of the Procedural Rules governing the CFCB.

Each of the settlement agreements includes some or all of the following provisions:

Break-even targets: Defined as (i) annual and aggregate break-even results as per individual summary settlements, and/or (ii) financial covenants on the level of employee benefit expenses (total wages and benefits) and player’s amortization incurred in the relevant reporting period(s);

Sporting measures: Defined as limitations on (i) the number of players included on the 'A' list related to UEFA competitions, and/or (ii) the registration of newly-transferred players on the 'A' and 'B' squad lists related to UEFA competitions; and/or (iii) employee benefit expenses (total wages and benefits) incurred in the relevant reporting period(s); and

Financial contributions: Defined as (i) money withheld from revenues earned from participation in UEFA competitions; or (ii) an amount to be paid in full by a certain deadline. Such contributions shall not impact future break-even calculations.

In the event of a club not qualifying for UEFA competition next season, it will nonetheless be subject to the terms of the settlement agreements.

The individual settlement agreements will published on UEFA.org next week and a club-by-club summary for information purposes has been published at (LINK).

Four previous settlement agreements were announced on 27 February 2015, so today's announcement brings the total number of settlement agreements for 2014/2015 to 14.

Disciplinary proceedings have been opened following the UEFA Europa League, semi-final, first leg between SSC Napoli and FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk (1-1) played on 7 May in Italy.

Charges against SSC Napoli:

- Setting off of fireworks – art. 16 (2) (c) of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations (DR);
- Insufficient organisation – stairways blocked – art. 38 safety & security regulations;
- Use of laser pointer – art. 16 (2) (d) DR

The cases will be dealt with by the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body on 21 May.

 

Disciplinary proceedings have been opened following the UEFA Champions League, quarter-final, second leg between FC Bayern München and FC Porto (6-1) played on 21 April in Germany.

Charges:

FC Bayern München:

- Josep Guardiola – incident of non-sporting nature – Art. 11 (2) (c) Disciplinary regulations

FC Porto:

- Julian Lopetegui – dismissal from the bench – Art. 60 DR

The cases will be dealt with by the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body on 21 May.

Disciplinary proceedings have been opened following the UEFA Champions League, quarter-final, first-leg between Club Atlético de Madrid and Real Madrid CF (0-0) played on 14 April in Spain.

Charges against Club Atlético de Madrid:

- Insufficient organization (stairways blocked) – Art. 38 of the UEFA Safety and Security Regulations
- Field Invasion – Art. 16 (2)(a) of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations

The case will be dealt with by the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body on 21 May.

No other disciplinary proceedings have been opened following the above-mentioned match.

The UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body (CEDB) met today and announced the following decision in relation to various incidents that occurred during the European Qualifiers Group H match between Croatia and Norway, which was played in Zagreb on 28 March.

Croatian Football Association (HNS)

Incidents: Racist behaviour of supporters - Art. 14 of UEFA Disciplinary Regulations. Setting off/throwing of missiles and fireworks - Art. 16 (2) of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations

Decision: The CEDB has ordered the Croatian Football Association to play its next UEFA competition match as host association behind closed doors (against Italy on 12 June). The Croatian Football Association has also been fined €50,000. 

The association has also been fined €5,000 for the setting off of fireworks.

The UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body (CEDB) met today and announced the following decision in relation to various incidents that occurred during the European Qualifiers Group G match between Montenegro and Russia, which was played in Podgorica on 27 March.

Football Association of Montenegro (FSCG)

Incidents: Match not played in full – Art. 27 (1) of the relevant UEFA competition regulations; Setting off/throwing of fireworks and objects – Art. 16 (2) of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations

Decision: The CEDB has decided to declare the above-mentioned match as forfeited. As a consequence, the Football Association of Montenegro (FSCG) is deemed to have lost the game 3-0. In addition, the FSCG has been ordered to play its next two UEFA competition matches as host association behind closed doors. The second match to be played behind closed doors is deferred for a probationary period of two years. Finally, the association has been fined €50,000.

Football Union of Russia (RFS)

Incidents: Improper conduct of supporters – Art. 16 (2) of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations.

Decision: The Football Union of Russia (RFS) has been fined €25,000.

Match: European Qualifiers, Group D, Georgia v Germany (0-2), 29 March, Tbilisi

Disciplinary proceedings have been opened against the Georgian Football Federation (GFF).

Charges: field invasion by supporters – Art. 16 (2) (a) DR; setting off of fireworks – Art. 16 (2) (c) DR; insufficient organisation (stairs blocked, lack of body search, gates locked, accreditation system) – Art. 26, 31, 33, 39 of the UEFA safety and security regulations; Art. 11 (1) DR).

The case will be dealt with by the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body on 21 May.


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Match: European Qualifiers, Group D, Republic of Ireland v Poland (1-1), 29 March, Dublin

Charges against the Football Association of Ireland (FAI): improper conduct of the team (5 cards or more) – Art. 15 (4) DR

Charges against the Polish Football Federation (PZPN): setting off of fireworks/throwing of objects – Art. 16 (2) (b) & (c) DR

The cases will be dealt with by the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body on 21 May.

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