Panathinaikos FC (Stairways blocked; use of laser pointer; setting off of fireworks), Decision of 21 September 2017, UEFA Decision

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Circumstances of the case

It was reported that home-club ultras used laser pointers three times. After each use, the public announcer issued warnings and after the third warning, the usage stopped. Also, Exit stairways were blocked during the whole game in both curves and in home-team ultra-supporters’ sectors 13 and 14 during the whole match. In the 3 rd minute, between 10 and 15 of small flares, were ignited by home-club ultras which was quickly extinguished. After the home team scored in the 29nd minute, less than 10 small flares and 3 normal flares were ignited by home-club ultras. After the home team scored the second time, 2 flares were ignited again by home ultras at the stand. The club stated that the laser pointers used were only a minor infringement, not causing any disturbances. Regarding the blocking of stairways, the club admits said incident, while emphasizing that the majority of the supporters were watching the match while standing, singing and dancing, constantly moving, therefore naturally periodically blocking stairways. With regard to the usage of fireworks, the club stated that it did everything within its power to prevent such incidents from happening, emphasizing that no fireworks were thrown, no disturbance was caused and nobody was injured.

Legal framework Article 16 (2) UEFA Disciplinary Regulations; Article 38 UEFA Safety and Security Regulations.

Decision

The CEDB noted that regarding the blocking of stairways that the club admits the incident, accordingly violating Article 38 SSR. The same goes for the usage of laser pointers and the setting off of fireworks, which was clearly established by the official reports, and the CEDB stressed that the both the use of laser pointers and the setting off of fireworks can seriously affect the physical wellbeing of the person who is targeted and can also disrupt the match. Given that the club had been punished previously for all three violations, the CEDB deemed that a fine of €54’000 was the appropriate sanction.

Chairman: Partl Thomas (AUT)

Vice-Chairmen:
Berzi Sándor (HUN)
Hansen Jim Stjerne (DEN)

Members:
Gea Tomás (AND)
Leal João (POR)
Lorenz Hans (GER)
Řepka Rudolf (CZE)

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