Feyenoord given UEFA punishment

Feyenoord have been punished by UEFA for incidents during the home Europa League game against AS Roma on 26 February 2015. The UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body has ordered the club to play the next home match in a UEFA competition in an empty stadium due to what football’s governing body in Europe has called “racist behaviour” by Feyenoord fans. A €50,000 fine has also been imposed on the club.

The club has also been punished for fans throwing objects, setting off and throwing fireworks, and blocking stairways in some parts of the stadium. This penalty comprises a second €50,000 fine and another home match behind closed doors, although the second part of the punishment is suspended for a probationary period of two years. That brings the punishment into line with the proposal of the inspector UEFA had appointed.

Feyenoord is to ask UEFA to provide a detailed reasoning for the decision. After reading this detailed reasoning the club will take legal advice on any appeal that may be lodged with the UEFA Appeals Body and ultimately possibly with the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, Switzerland.

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