Arka Gdynia (throwing of objects; setting off of fireworks; stairways blocked; insufficient organization), Decision of 22 November 2017, UEFA Decision

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Circumstances of the case

According to the official reports of the UEFA Europa League 2017/2018 match between Arka Gydnia and FC Midtjylland on 27 July 2017, Arka Gdynia’s supporters ignited an extremely large number of fireworks and a cap of flare was thrown on the pitch from the South Stand by the home supporter. The UEFA delegate also reported that away fans standing blocked the stairways the whole match in lower sector. The Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body (CEDB) considered that the large number of fireworks during the match shows that the body searching was unsatisfactory. The CEDB decided on 17 August 2017 that a fine of €60’000 was the adequate disciplinary measure to be imposed on the club. Arka Gdynia appealed the decision stating that there are sufficient mitigating circumstances to impose a maximum sanction amounting to €30’000 or any other lower fine than €60’000.

Legal framework Article 16 (1) of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations. Article 16 (2) (b) and (c) of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations. Article 38 UEFA Safety and Security Regulations.

Decision

On 17 August 2017, the CEDB decided to fine Arka Gdynia €60,000. The Appeals Body decided to partially admit the appeal lodged by Arka Gydnia and thus, the CEDB’s decision of 17 August 2017 is amended and Arka Gydnia was imposed a fine of € 50,000 for the setting of fireworks, the throwing of objects and the blocking of stairways. The Appeals Body decided that the club must not be held responsible for an inadequate body searching during the match and dropped the charges for the insufficient body searching. The Appeals Body considered although is true that the high amount of fireworks ignited during the match speaks for a negligent attitude in this regard, the burden of proof that there was an inappropriate body searching lies on UEFA and the delegate didn´t mention that the body search was badly implemented. The Appeals Body considered that there might be other reasons allowing the entrance of fireworks inside the stadium.

Chairman: Pedro Tomás (Spain)

Members:
Michael Maessen (Netherlands)
Björn Ahlberg (Sweden)

FK Crvena zvezda (Illicit chants; stairways blocked; throwing of objects; improper conduct of the team), Decision of 16 November 2017, UEFA Decision

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Circumstances of the case

The stairways were blocked in the North sector, and after the final whistle when visiting players and coaches were leaving, between 15 and 20 lighters and one bottle were thrown against the tunnel - No one was hit. There was chanting from the home-supporters between the 28th and 32nd minute: UEFA is mafia. Finally, six cautions were awarded against to FK Crvena Zvezda. With regard to the blocking of stairways, the club stresses that it occurred only on one tribune, a tradition of the hard core fans and no intervention was done as a prevention of possible potential safety and security unrest. Regarding the throwing of objects, the club notes that it took all possible measures to prevent supporters from taking items inside the stadium and that the high number of spectators put together with the isolated incident and with a low number of objects thrown should speak for the efficiency of these measures. Finally, as regards the UEFA Mafia chant, the clubs stresses that it´s not illicit due to the fact that UEFA can’t be the damaged party and the judge at the same time, stressing that supporters might be unaware of the possible negative consequences for their. Finally, the club argues that UEFA itself is also more-and-more aware of the fact that, it is subject to some critical voices raised by supporters and that it would be simply counterproductive disciplinary enforcer

Legal Framework Article 15 (4) and 16 (2) UEFA Disciplinary Regulations; Article 38 UEFA Safety and Security Regulations.

Decision

The CEDB however recalled that all incidents were admitted by the club. The club merely refers to its proper preparation of the match, not presenting any explanations which would undermine the presumed accuracy of the official reports. Regarding the chants and the club’s argument about the fact that UEFA is party accused and judge in these proceedings, the CEDB decided that the argument has no merit insofar. Finally, with regard to the nature of the chant, the CEDB has no doubt that the content is not fit for a sport´s event. CEDB can´t accept that anyone or any institution is compared to a criminal organization, such as it is the mafia, on the basis of a justifiable criticism. Having the above in mind, as well as the club’s previous record, the CEDB deems that a fine € 79´000 is the adequate disciplinary measure.

Chairman: Partl Thomas (AUT)

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

Members:
Antenen Jacques (SUI)
Gea Tomás (AND)
Leal João (POR)
Lorenz Hans (GER)
Řepka Rudolf (CZE)
Wolff Joël (LUX)

FK Austria Wien (Improper conduct of supporters; setting off of fireworks; kit infringement), Decision of 10 November 2017, UEFA Decision

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Circumstances of the case

Three incidents were reported by the UEFA match delegate: 1) Kit infringement: one of the players from Austria Wien had a track suit with advertising VERBAND on the back. 2) Incorrect behavior of supporters: In the 42nd minute a supporter managed to climb up on the roof of the fence of the South Tribune. He was taken by the police and kept by the police until the end of the match. He was fined by the police. 3) Setting off of fireworks: 4 Bengal lights were lit by Austria supporters in sector 3 in the South Tribune, behind the goal, when the players entered the pitch before kickoff of the first half, approximately 3 mins before the start of the match. The club admits the kit infringement and explains that the player was not aware of the information regarding clothing containing sponsors print. Likewise, the club admits that its supporter climbed the fence and held that, in the future, it will inform the stewards to pay special attention to ensure it does not happen again. Concerning the pyrotechnics the club noted that a great number of supporters entered the stadium without control from a part of the sector next to the away stand.

Legal Framework Article 16 (2) UEFA Disciplinary Regulations, Article 60.04 and 31.03 UEFA Kit Regulations, Article 55.01 UEFA Europa League Regulations.

Decision

The CEDB noted that all three violations of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations and the UEFA Kit Regulations were admitted by the club and it only remained for the Panel to find the appropriate sanction. In the present case, the CEDB identified and took into account the seriousness and multiplicity of the offences committed, the improper conduct of the club’s supporters, the kit infringement, the setting off of fireworks as well as the club’s previous record, noting that FK Austria Wien has already been punished for setting off of fireworks on numerous occasions. Overall, the CEDB deemed that a fine of €7’000 was appropriate for the setting off of fireworks and the improper conduct of its supporters, whereas a warning was warranted for the kit infringement.

Ad-hoc-Chairman: Hansen Jim Stjerne (DEN)

Sporting Clube de Portugal (Direct Red Card), Decision of 27 October 2017, UEFA Decision

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Circumstances of the case

The player wearing number 10 of Sporting Clube de Portugal, Borges Cabral Jovane Eduardo, in the 63rd minute, after a foul of a player of Juventus while the player of Juventus was still on the ground trying to get up, slapped him with an open hand on the back of the head. The referee sent off Borges Cabral Jovane Eduardo for violent conduct.

Legal framework Article 15 (1) (e) UEFA Disciplinary Regulations.

Decision

The CEDB deems that this is a highly aggressive act, threatening serious injury. It has nothing to do with the game and is simply a hostile act of physical violence. Consequently, the act of the player who struck the opponent player in the back on his head as described by the referee constitutes assault under the terms of Article 15 (1) (e) DR and shall be punished accordingly, in this case, considering the circumstances of the case, with a three match suspension.

Chairman: Partl Thomas (AUT)

Vice-Chairman: Hansen Jim Stjerne (DEN)

Member: Antenen Jacques (SUI)

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)

PK-35 Vantaa (Insulting / molesting acts; dismissal from the bench), Decision of 21 September 2017, UEFA Decision

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Circumstances of the case

According to the referee’s report and the delegate´s report, Mr. Pasi Jaakosaari, PK-35 Vaanta assistant coach, was dismissed in the 83rd minute for showing dissent to the referee. Mr. Jari Vaisanen, PK-35 Vantaa Coach, after the final whistle entered the referee's room without permission behaving in unsporting and aggressive manner.

Legal framework Article 11 (1) UEFA Disciplinary Regulations; Article 15 (1) (a) UEFA Disciplinary Regulations

Decision

The CEDB, after analysing the official reports, considers that both officials incurred in an unsporting behaviour breaching the general principles of conduct. In this regard, any individual must comply with the principles of ethical conduct, loyalty, integrity and sportsmanship. The circumstances of this incident draws a picture in which, mainly the attitude of the head coach is not to be accepted at football matches. The authority of the referees, the officials and UEFA is not to be undermined by any person participating at a match. If UEFA would accept that coaches and officials show dissent in the aggressive, insulting, insisting and threatening manner as it was done in the case in hand, that would have an impact on the performance of the referees and the competition itself which is completely unacceptable, violating Art. 15 (1) (a) and (d) of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations. Regarding Mr. Pasi Jaakosaari, the CEDB is not comfortable satisfied as to increase the standard minimum sanction of one match suspension. For Mr. Jari Vaisanen, the CEDB is impressed by the highly violent, insisting and aggressive behavior, warranting for a twomatch suspension.

Chairman: Partl Thomas (AUT)

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

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

Everton FC (Aggressions by supporters against players, referees). Decision of 16th November 2017, UEFA Decision

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Circumstances of the case

The referee of the match reported that he “he was told by the Lyon Goalkeeper, Anthony Lopes, that he was pushed or touched by a spectator from the home crowd in the brawl between players in minute 64.” The club stressed that it was not negligent in any way in relation to the organization of the match, stressing that it does not tolerate any form of aggressive behavior from the side of its supporters. The club also argues that it fully complied with all rules and regulations regarding safety and security at the match, particularly with regard to the deployment of stewards. In the incident at hand, the stewards reacted quickly and efficiently. Finally, the club held that the supporter was identified by the police and might be facing criminal charges as well as a life ban from the stadium.

Legal Framework Article 16 (2) UEFA Disciplinary Regulations.

Decision

The CEDB on a preliminary note took into account the video footage of the incident from which it can be seen how the players of both teams engage in a confrontation behind and on the goalline, close to the stands behind the goal. During said confrontation the spectators who are sitting and standing at the scene, scream, yell and gesticulate in the direction of the players, while one home-team supporter who is apparently holding a young child on his arm throws a punch at one player from the visiting team. It goes without saying that such images are more than shocking and cannot be tolerated. The CEDB emphasized that in any case, there should never be a moment when players on the pitch engage in violent altercations, but this goes even more for spectators during a match. According to Article 8 DR, which stipulates the principle of "strict liability", and Article 16 (2) DR, which builds on this principle, a club is to be held responsible for the improper conduct of its supporters, even if it might not be at fault itself. In light of the foregoing, the CEDB decided that the club is to be held responsible for the improper conduct of its supporters in accordance with Article 16 (2) (h) DR and needed to be punished with a fine of €30’000.

Chairman: Partl Thomas (AUT)

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

Members:
Antenen Jacques (SUI)
Gea Tomás (AND)
Leal João (POR)
Lorenz Hans (GER)
Řepka Rudolf (CZE)
Wolff Joël (LUX)

Paris Saint-Germain (Stairways blocked; Late Kick-off; Improper conduct of officials; Setting off of fireworks), Decision of 19 October 2017, UEFA Decision

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Circumstances of the case

Home-club supporters in several sectors were blocking the stairways during whole match. Before kick-off, home supporters lit three flares. Late kick-off of 2min30secs, due to the fact that the home team left the dressing room late. They were also late in the second half (2mins). The club argues that ultra-supporters occupied the sectors in which the stairways were blocked, emphasizing that that people could circulate, causing no blocking. Regarding the setting off fireworks, the club insists that it was an isolated incident occurring before the match. The security responsible acted immediately and recover the fireworks. With regard to the late kick-off infringement, the medical staff had to intervene to treat the player Neymar.” The club further rejects the responsibility of the coach in this kind of incidents as the principle of strict liability is not design to cover also such situations.

Legal Framework Article 38 Safety and Security Regulations; Article 11 (2) UEFA Disciplinary Regulations; Article 16 (2) UEFA Disciplinary Regulations

Decision

With regard to the fireworks, the CEDB noted that the club did not put forward any arguments which would breach the accuracy of the official UEFA report which expressly refers to the setting off of fireworks and is presumed to be accurate under Article 45 DR. The CEDB noted the same with regard to the blocking of stairways, stressing that the efforts made by the club are to be expected since they merely constitute the club’s obligations pertaining to Art. 38 SSR. As regards the late kick-off, the CEDB stressed that respect needs to be paid to the nature of the UEFA Champions League, UEFA’s flagship club competition, and that clubs needs to respect the principle of equal treatment and opportunities, as both teams are entitled to and need to be given the same duration of preparation prior to the match. The CEDB is willing to accept the arguments of the club as regards the lack of responsibility of his head coach with regard to the late kick off infringement and the injury of one of the players. In this particular case, the CEDB is comfortable satisfied that only the club shall be held responsible for the late kick-off of its team. Regarding the three mentioned infringements, the CEDB took into account the previous record of the club with regard to all three infringements and deemed that a fine of €40’000 is the appropriate sanction.

Chairman: Partl Thomas (AUT)

Vice-Chairman: Hansen Jim Stjerne (DEN)

Members:
Antenen Jacques (SUI)
Wolff Joël (LUX)
Gea Tomás (AND)
Hans Lorenz (GER)
Larumbe Beain Kepa (ESP)
Joao Leal (POR)

FC Spartak Moskva (Setting off of fireworks; throwing of objects), Decision of 21 September 2017, UEFA Decision

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Circumstances of the case

In the 15th minute of the match, between 10-15 flares and Bengal lights were identified in the visiting sector of Spartak Moskva, followed by one rocket that was clearly fired from the stands in the direction of the pitch. The rocket followed the length of the pitch in direction of the center circle were the referee was positioned, missing the referee. According to the referee, the rocket missed him by approximately 5 meters. Following the incident, the match was immediately stopped for 2mins and 30 secs. In the 59th minute of the match, several red and white flares were again seen in the Spartak Moskva sector at the moment the away team scored 0-1. At the same time, some plastic cups were thrown on the pitch from the same North stands. The club argued that the incidents were caused by breaches of the host-team, allowing a large amount of unauthorized persons to get into the visiting sectors. Therefore, the missile which was shot into the direction of the referee was fired by a supporter of the club which was not among the club’s supporters who had received the tickets from the official ticket quota

Legal framework Article 16 (2) UEFA Disciplinary Regulations.

Decision

The CEDB stresses that an act such as firing fireworks onto the pitch has to be regarded as particularly dangerous and as a malicious act of violence and hooliganism which has no place in football in general and in the UEFA competitions such as the UEFA Champions League in particular. The CEDB further emphasized that any potential misconduct from the match organizer does not discharge the club from its responsibility regarding the behaviour of its supporters. Moreover, the CEDB could not concur with the differentiation made by the club between supporters who had purchased match tickets from the official ticket quota allocated to the club and “other supporters”, who had purchased their tickets through other channels. Bearing in mind the long previous record of the club and the seriousness of the incidents, the CEDB considers that, as a warning to future events linked to the conduct of the club´s supporters at away matches, a strong sanction is required, and deems that 60´000€ shall be deemed as the adequate disciplinary measure. In addition, the club is banned from selling tickets it its supporters for the next UEFA competition away match.

Chairman: Partl Thomas (AUT)

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

Members:
Gea Tomás (AND)
Larumbe Beain Kepa (ESP)
Leal João (POR)
Řepka Rudolf (CZE)

England Women (Doping Control issue; Insulting / molesting acts), Decision of 21 September 207, UEFA Decision

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Circumstances of the case

In the 60th min of the match, the England official Mark Sampson was verbally abusive to the UEFA VD, telling her "You better sit down, you little shit!" After the match, the Referee Liaison Officer was standing outside the referee changing room when the same official shouted aggressively at her: "You’re a fucking disgrace, it’s a fucking shame". He then picked up a metal pillar raising it above his head aggressively before throwing it down hard against the floor, shutting the door to the corridor, saying, "I’m going to close the fucking door in your fucking face". Also, the England player Jade Moore was selected for doping control. Instead of going directly to the Doping Control Room, she went to the team dressing room, followed by the chaperone. The association argues that neither the venue director or referee observer was a match official according to the UEFA regulations, i.e. Art. 15 (1) (d) DR does not apply. The association accepted the use of inappropriate language by its official as well as the metal pole interaction described in the delegate´s report while however pointing to a number of factual discrepancies between statements and the delegate´s report. Finally, Mr. Sampson apologizes for any inappropriate language he used both during and after the game. With regard to the doping control, the failure to go straight from the pitch to the doping control room was the result of an honest mistake following defeat in a semi-final and Ms Moore was only in the dressing room for a very short period of time.

Legal Framework Article 13 UEFA Disciplinary Regulations; Article 15 (1) (d) UEFA Disciplinary Regulations; Article 6 of the UEFA Anti-Doping Regulations.

Decision

The CEDB explained that Art. 15 DR should be understood as an attempt by UEFA to protect officials who, in the context of a match, exercise a function that warrants particular respect. If UEFA would accept that officials act in the aggressive, insulting and insisting manner, then the needed relation of respect will end instantaneously. With regard to the doping-control incident, the CEDB emphasized that it is crucial that every player who is selected to participate in doping control reports to the doping control station immediately - otherwise the accuracy and integrity of the testing procedure is undermined. Regarding the England official, the CEDB deemed that a three match suspension is the adequate disciplinary measure regarding the circumstances of this case. The CEDB further warned the England player for her behaviour.

Chairman: Partl Thomas (AUT)

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

Members:
Gea Tomás (AND)
Larumbe Beain Kepa (ESP)
Leal João (POR)
Řepka Rudolf (CZE)


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