All the latest from UEFA competition disciplinary and match-fixing prevention cases.
UEFA has been informed about arrests of members of the Latvian club FC Daugava Daugavpils for alleged cases of match-fixing in a UEFA competition fixture.
The UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body (CEDB) has announced that Albania have forfeited their 14 October qualifier in Belgrade 3-0 while Serbia are deducted three points and both associations are fined €100,000.
Disciplinary proceedings have been opened following the UEFA Champions League group H match between FC BATE Borisov and FC Shakhtar Donetsk (0-7), played on 21 October in Belarus.
FC BATE Borisov: Racist behaviour of supporters – Article 14 of UEFA Disciplinary Regulations
The case will be dealt with by the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body on 13 November 2014.
The UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body (CEDB) has taken the following decisions:
Match: UEFA Champions League 2014/2015 Group B, FC Basel 1893 vs. Liverpool FC (1:0) played on 1 October in Switzerland
FC Basel 1893
Charges: Throwing of objects – art 16 (2) (b) DR
Sanction: FC Basel 1893 have been fined 40,000€.
Match: UEFA Champions League 2014/2015 Group D, Arsenal FC vs. Galatasaray A.Ş. (4:1) played on 1 October in England
Charges: Setting off/ throwing of fireworks & missiles – art. 16 (2) (b) & (c) DR; Crowd disturbance – art 16 (2) (f) DR
Sanction: Galatasaray A.Ş. have been fined 50,000€. The Turkish team have also been ordered to contact Arsenal FC within 30 days for the settlement of the damages caused by its supporters.
Charges: Insufficient organization (lack of body searching) – art. 16 (1) DR
Sanction: The CEDB has decided to close the disciplinary proceedings opened against Arsenal FC.
Match: UEFA Europa League 2014/2015 Group G, Feyenoord vs. R. Standard de Liège (2:1) played on 2 October in the Netherlands
Charges: Setting off of fireworks - Art. 16 (2) (c) DR; Insufficient organization (stairways blocked) - Art. 38 Safety & Security rag
Sanction: Feyenoord have been fined 15,000€.
R. Standard de Liège
Match: UEFA Europa League 2014/2015, Feyenoord vs. R. Standard de Liège (2:1) played on 2 October in the Netherlands
Charges: Crowd disturbance - Art. 16 (2) (h) DR; Setting off of fireworks - Art. 16 (2) (c) DR
Sanction: R. Standard de Liège have been fined 17,000€.
Match: European Qualifier Group B, Andorra vs. Wales (1:2) played on 9 September in Andorra
Andorran Football Federation
Charges: Insufficient organization: field invasion by supporters of the away team – Art. 16 (1) DR; Improper conduct of the team (5 cards or more) - Art. 15 (4) DR
Sanction: The Andorran Football Federation has been fined 10,000€.
Football Association of Wales
Charges: Field invasions by supporters - Art. 16 (2) letter a) of the DR
Sanction: The Football Association of Wales has been fined 5,000€.
Disciplinary proceedings have been opened against Serbia and Albania following their European Qualifier tie on Tuesday night.
PFC CSKA Moskva
PFC CSKA Moskva have appealed against the decision taken by the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body on 3 October. The meeting of the UEFA Appeals Body will be held on Monday 27 October.
The UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body had ordered PFC CSKA Moskva to play their next three UEFA competition home matches behind closed doors. The Russian team had also been fined €200,000.
In addition, CSKA had been banned from selling tickets to their fans for the next two UEFA Champions League group stage games which the club will play as the visiting side.
Disciplinary proceedings have been opened following the European Qualifier group F match between Romania and Hungary (1-1), played on 11 October in Bukarest:
The case will be dealt with by the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body on 23 October 2014.
UEFA decision on Mr. Carlo Tavecchio
Today, the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body (CEDB) has rendered its final decision concerning Mr Carlo Tavecchio, President of the Italian Football Federation (FIGC).
Following a request for information made by UEFA to the FIGC, on 20 August 2014 the UEFA Chief Ethics and Disciplinary Inspector opened a disciplinary investigation regarding alleged racist comments made by Mr. Tavecchio during his FIGC presidential election campaign.
At the request of the UEFA Chief Ethics and Disciplinary Inspector disciplinary proceedings were opened against Mr. Tavecchio on 29 September 2014.
After having analysed the case file and the statements submitted by both parties, the CEDB has decided, based on Articles 6, 7, 14(1) and 34(5) DR [in the spirit of UEFA’s Resolution entitled European Football united against racism] and taking into account Mr. Tavecchio’s decision to immediately refrain from participating in any UEFA’s activity pending the resolution of the matter, as follows:
- Mr. Tavecchio will be ineligible for any position as a UEFA Official for a period of six months starting from the communication of this decision;
- Mr. Tavecchio will not participate in the next UEFA Congress scheduled for 24 March 2015;
- Mr. Tavecchio will organise a special event in Italy aimed at increasing awareness and compliance with the principles of UEFA’s Resolution entitled European Football united against racism.
According to Article 63 of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations, the CEDB decision is immediately enforceable.
The UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body has taken the following decision after incidents at the UEFA Europa League matchday one group C match between FK Partizan and Tottenham Hotspur FC (0-0) played on 18 September in Serbia.
Incidents: Racist Behaviour – art 14 of UEFA Disciplinary Regulations; Setting off of fireworks – art. 16 (2) (c) DR; Field invasion by supporters – art. 16 (2) (a) DR; Use of laser pointer – art. 16 (2) (d) DR
Sanction: The UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body has ordered the partial closure of FK Partizan Stadium during the next (1) UEFA competition match in which FK Partizan would play as the host club, and, in particular, the sector K of the stadium. The Serbian team has also been fined €40,000.
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 field 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 new disciplinary regulations in June 2013, the fight against racist conduct has been stepped up a level – resulting in stricter penalties to deter any such behaviour.