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UEFA acts against fans' racist conduct

Published: Tuesday 18 February 2014, 11.42CET
The Football Association of Serbia, PFC CSKA Moskva and Apollon Limassol FC have been punished by UEFA for racist supporter behaviour at UEFA competition matches.
UEFA acts against fans' racist conduct
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The UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body (CEDB) met last week and announced the following decisions:   Match: European Qualifiers, Group D, Georgia v Germany (0-2), 29 March, Tbilisi Georgian Football Federation (GFF) Incidents: 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). Decision: The Georgian Football Federation (GFF) has been fined €50,000. -- Match: UEFA Europa League Round of 32 second-leg match between Feyenoord - AS Roma (1-2), played on 26 February in the Netherlands. Feyenoord Incidents: Racist behaviour - Art. 14 DR; Stairs blocked - Art. 38 Safety and Security reg.; Setting off/throwing of fireworks and/or objects Art. 16 (2) DR; Te Vrede Mitchell - art 15 (1) DR; Mulder Erwin Gerardus Theodorus Franc – art 15 (1) DR Decision: Feyenoord has been ordered to play their next (1) UEFA competition match as host club behind closed doors. The Dutch club have also been fined €50,000 for the racist behaviour of its supporters. In addition, the CEDB has decided to order Feyenoord to play one additional UEFA competition match as host club behind closed doors, as well as to fine the club €50,000 for the setting off and throwing of fireworks and objects, and the blocked stairways. The additional match behind closed doors sanction is deferred for a probationary period of two years. Feyenoord player Te Vrede Mitchell has been suspended for two (2) UEFA competition matches for which he would be otherwise eligible. Feyenoord player Mulder Erwin Gerardus Theodorus Franc has been suspended for two (2) UEFA competition matches for which he would be otherwise eligible. -- Match: UEFA Europa League, semi-final, first leg between SSC Napoli and FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk (1-1) played on 7 May in Italy. SSC Napoli Incidents: 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 Decision: The CEDB has ordered the partial closure of the SSC Napoli Stadium during the next (1) UEFA competition match in which SSC Napoli would play as the host club, and, in particular SSC Napoli shall closed Curvca A and B of the SSC Napoli Stadium. The Italian club have also been fined €80,000. -- Match: UEFA Champions League, quarter-final, second leg between FC Bayern München and FC Porto (6-1) played on 21 April in Germany. Incidents: Josep Guardiola – Incident of non-sporting nature – Art. 11 (2) (c) Disciplinary regulations Decision: FC Bayern München coach Josep Guardiola has received a warning. Julian Lopetegui – Dismissal from the bench – Art. 60 DR Decision: FC Porto coach Julian Lopetegui has been suspended for one (1) UEFA competition match in which he would otherwise participate. -- Match: European Qualifiers, Group D, Republic of Ireland v Poland (1-1), 29 March, Dublin Incidents: Football Association of Ireland (FAI): Improper conduct of the team (5 cards or more) – Art. 15 (4) DR Decision: The Football Association of Ireland has been fined €6,000. Polish Football Federation (PZPN): Setting-off of fireworks/throwing of objects – Art. 16 (2) (b) & (c) DR Decision: The Polish Football Association has been fined €25,000.

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Published: Tuesday 18 February 2014, 11.42CET

UEFA acts against fans' racist conduct

The Football Association of Serbia, PFC CSKA Moskva and Apollon Limassol FC have been punished by UEFA for racist supporter behaviour at UEFA competition matches.

UEFA has sanctioned the Football Association of Serbia (FSS), PFC CSKA Moskva and Apollon Limassol FC for racist behaviour by supporters at UEFA competition matches.

For full details of the cases, visit the  UEFA.org disciplinary section.

The sections of the stadium designated for home fans will be closed for Serbia's next UEFA European Under-21 Championship home game as a punishment for "monkey chants" heard by the assistant referee during the 2-2 qualifying Group 9 draw against Belgium on 15 November 2013.

In addition, the FSS has been directed to display a banner with the wording "No to Racism", and bearing the UEFA and FARE logos, during their next U21 home match, with the banner to be located in the closed sectors of the stadium. The dimensions of the banner shall be no less than 20m wide and 15m high. Moreover, Serbia's captain for that game will be asked to make a public announcement from the centre of the pitch expressing the FSS, the team and the fans' opposition to racism.

CSKA, meanwhile, must play their next UEFA club competition home match behind closed doors and pay a fine of €50,000 after supporters displayed a range of racist and far-right symbols during their 2-1 UEFA Champions League Group D defeat at FC Viktoria Plzeň on 10 December. The punishment reflects the fact that CSKA have previous records of racist conduct by fans.

Apollon, meanwhile, will have the areas of their home stadium either side of the tunnel closed for their next UEFA competition home game after their supporters directed "monkey chants" at Legia Warszawa's Dossa Júnior during their 2-0 UEFA Europa League Group J home defeat on 12 December.

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 pitch 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 the new disciplinary regulations on 1 June 2013, the fight against racist conduct has been stepped up a level – resulting in more severe sanctions to deter any such behaviour.

Last updated: 09/05/14 2.23CET

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