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Zenit escape CL stadium ban

2011-12-12 19:25

Nyon - Zenit St Petersburg have been fined by UEFA but escaped a stadium ban after smoke from flares ignited by fans twice stopped a Champions League home match.

UEFA says the Russian club must pay €50 000 ($66 000) for several disciplinary offenses, but stopped short of ordering matches played in an empty Petrovsky Stadium.

Zenit are in the Champions League last-16 draw on Friday.

Their 0-0 draw with APOEL on November 23 was stopped for three minutes in the first half until thick smoke cleared.

German referee Felix Brych also took players off the field during a seven-minute, second-half stoppage.

UEFA says it also punished Zenit because fans displayed "illicit banners" and invaded the field against APOEL, and during a 1-0 home win against Shakhtar Donetsk.

AP

Comments
  • russel.lunt - 2011-12-12 20:08

    Crazy. 50k euros is barely a slap on the wrist. Fan behaviour like that should make them play behind closed doors, or possibly eject them from the competition, as it's clear the fans disrupted every home match this season.

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