Uefa has handed Feyenoord a heavy punishment in connection with the crowd problems during the UEFA Cup match against Sporting Lisbon. The Rotterdammers will be forced to play their next game at De Kuip in European competition behind closed doors. The club has also been given a fine of 25,000 Swiss francs, around 16,000 euros. Feyenoord will now study the ruling in depth before deciding whether to appeal.

In a statement Tuesday morning Jorien van den Herik, Chairman of the Supervisory Committee of Feyenoord, felt that there were grounds for an appeal. ‘At the end of the day we took all the steps we could immediately and all the perpetrators were arrested before the ruling.’

Van den Herik confirmed that he had expected a heavy punishment. ‘The ruling took too long coming to hope that it would be mild to some extent. The damage is enormous in this way. There are now no revenues, only costs. We will make a proper calculation of that. In the first estimate it’s a total loss of around half a million euros. Because the first Uefa Cup match of the new season is included in the budget that’s an enormous loss. Furthermore, the team will miss the indispensable support of the fans in that match and now the good people among the bad have to suffer. For all those well-intentioned people too, this is very annoying.”

Feyenoord has already announced its intention to claim the losses from the four perpetrators.

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