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PAOK and Rapid Wien punished over incidents

Published: Tuesday 28 August 2012, 11.10CET
The UEFA Control and Disciplinary Body has handed down punishments to PAOK FC and SK Rapid Wien following incidents at their UEFA Europa League play-off on 23 August.
PAOK and Rapid Wien punished over incidents
PAOK and Rapid Wien have been penalised following their first-leg play-off match in Greece ©UEFA.com

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The UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body (CEDB) announced today its decision after incidents that occurred during the European Qualifier group F match between Romania and Hungary (1-1), which was played on 11 October in Bucarest.   Romanian Football Federation (FRF) Incidents: Setting off/throwing of fireworks and missiles - Art. 16 (2) UEFA Disciplinary Regulations; Use of laser pointer - Art. 16 (2) DR; Crowd disturbances - Art. 16 (2) DR; Illicit banners – art. 16 DR Sanctions: The CEDB has ordered the partial closure of the stadium chosen by the FRF (i.e. Arena Națională)  during the next (1) UEFA competition match in which the Romania would play as the host association, and, in particular, the sector 122 of that stadium. The FRF has also been fined €32,000.   Hungarian Football Federation (MLSZ) Incidents: Racist behaviour - Art. 14 DR; Setting off/throwing of fireworks and missiles - Art. 16 (2) DR; Crowd disturbance (seats destroyed and thrown) - Art. 16 (2) DR Sanctions: The CEDB has ordered the partial closure of the stadium chosen by the MLSZ (i.e. Flórián Albert Stadion) during the next (1) UEFA competition match in which Hungary would play as the host association. The closed sector(s) should at least comprehend 2,500 seats. The MLSZ has also been fined €30,000. Finally, the MLSZ has been ordered to contact the FRF within 30 days for the settlement of the damages caused by its supporters. 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.   These decisions are open to appeal.

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Published: Tuesday 28 August 2012, 11.10CET

PAOK and Rapid Wien punished over incidents

The UEFA Control and Disciplinary Body has handed down punishments to PAOK FC and SK Rapid Wien following incidents at their UEFA Europa League play-off on 23 August.

PAOK FC and SK Rapid Wien have been punished by the UEFA Control and Disciplinary Body following incidents at their UEFA Europa League play-off first leg in Salonika on 23 August.

The Greek and Austrian clubs have been disqualified for one competition in progress and/or excluded from the next competition for which they qualify in the next five years. The bans for the two clubs are each suspended for probationary periods of three years.

PAOK were charged with the improper conduct of supporters – crowd disturbances, pitch invasion, setting off and throwing of missiles and fireworks – and insufficient organisation. Rapid Wien were facing charges of improper conduct of supporters – crowd disturbances and setting off and throwing of fireworks and missiles.

PAOK have been ordered to play their next three UEFA competition home matches behind closed doors, i.e. with no spectators present. The club have also been fined €150,000.

Rapid have been fined €75,000, and must play their next UEFA competition home game behind closed doors, i.e. with no spectators present. This punishment does not apply to the UEFA Europa League play-off second leg between Rapid and PAOK in Vienna on Thursday 30 August. PAOK hold a 2-1 lead from the first leg.

The two clubs may lodge appeals against the respective decisions within three days of the dispatch of the reasoned decisions.

Last updated: 09/05/14 8.10CET

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