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by UEFA - 12/06/2013

The UEFA Appeals Body has today announced its decisions following the appeal lodged by PAOK FC related to decisions passed by the UEFA Control and Disciplinary Body on 12 September regarding incidents at the UEFA Champions League play-off return leg between PAOK and FC Schalke 04 on 27 August.

The Greek club have had their appeal partially admitted and the decision to order PAOK to play the next UEFA competition match behind closed doors has been overturned. The club has been fined €30,000.

The Appeals Body has also confirmed the Control and Disciplinary decision to suspend PAOK coach Huub Stevens for the next three UEFA competition matches and fine him €5,000.

SS Lazio 1-0 Legia Warszawa, 2013/14 UEFA Europa League group stage match played on 19 September in Rome:

Charges
• Racist behaviour (racist chanting), display of inappropriate banner, ignition of fireworks, late kick-off.

Sanctions
• Lazio have been ordered to play their next (one) UEFA competition match as host club behind closed doors.

• The Italian team have also been fined €40,000.

• Lazio head coach Vladimir Petković has received a warning for the late kick-off.

The fight against racism is a high priority for UEFA. The European governing body has a zero tolerance policy towards racism and discrimination on the pitch and in the stands. All forms of racist behaviour are considered serious offences against the disciplinary regulations and are punished with the most severe sanctions. Following the entry into force of the new disciplinary regulations on 1 June, the fight against racist conduct has been stepped up a level – resulting in more severe sanctions to deter any such behaviour.

An appeal may be lodged against the decision within three days of receipt of the written decision.

Borussia Dortmund coach Jürgen Klopp has been suspended for two UEFA competition matches by the UEFA Control and Disciplinary Body.

Klopp was dismissed from the touchline for behaving in an irresponsible manner towards the fourth official during the UEFA Champions League Group F match against SSC Napoli in Italy on 18 September. As the Dortmund coach was not on the bench for Tuesday's game versus Olympique de Marseille, he has one remaining fixture of his suspension to serve – the encounter with Arsenal FC in London on 22 October.

The protection of the authority of the referee has been reinforced in the new 2013 edition of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations. In this respect, the previous one-match suspension for pestering a match official has been increased to a two-match suspension in accordance with Article 15 (1) (b) of the regulations. UEFA deems that it is necessary to safeguard and respect the role of the referee and the referee team during UEFA competition matches.

An appeal may be lodged against the decision within three days of receipt of the written decision.

Disciplinary proceedings have been opened against FC Basel 1893 for insufficient organisation (article 16.1 of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations) at last night's home UEFA Champions League match against FC Schalke 04.

The case will be dealt with by the UEFA Control and Disciplinary Body on 17 October.

UEFA has released the club competition booking lists ahead of matchday two next week:

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UEFA's Control and Disciplinary Body has announced decisions relating to recent cases from UEFA Champions League matches involving GNK Dinamo Zagreb of Croatia. The Croatian club have been ordered to play two home UEFA competition matches behind closed doors, with half of the suspension (one game) deferred for a probationary period of five years. They have also been fined €70,250.

UEFA's Control and Disciplinary Body (CDB) has made the following decision regarding recent cases from UEFA Champions League matches involving Legia Warszawa:

• Molde FK v Legia Warszawa, third qualifying round, first and second legs (31/07/13 and 07/08/13)

• FC Steaua Bucureşti v Legia Warszawa, play-off, first and second legs (21/08/13 and 27/08/13)

Legia have been charged for the improper conduct of supporters – racist behaviour and the displaying of racist banners – the throwing of missiles and/or fireworks, the use of a laser pointer, and insufficient organisation. The Polish club have been ordered to play two home UEFA competition matches behind closed doors, with half of the suspension (one game) deferred for a probationary period of five years. They have also been fined €150,000.

The fight against racism is a high priority for UEFA. The European governing body has a policy of zero tolerance towards racism and discrimination on the pitch and in the stands. All forms of racist behaviour are considered as serious offences against the disciplinary regulations and are punished with the most severe sanctions. Following the entry into force of the new disciplinary regulations on 1 June 2013, the fight against racist conduct has been stepped up a level – resulting in more severe sanctions to deter any such behaviour.

Following disciplinary proceedings related to recent UEFA Champions League qualifying matches, the UEFA Control and Disciplinary Body has taken the following decisions:

FC Steaua Bucureşti have been fined €15,000 after a charge of improper conduct of supporters (setting off and throwing of fireworks) and non-fulfilment of pre- and post-match media obligations in their second qualifying round match at FK Vardar on 23 July 2013.

Celtic FC have been fined €5,000 after a charge of improper conduct of supporters (setting off of fireworks) in their second qualifying match at home to Cliftonville FC on 23 July 2013.

 

 

UEFA has released the full case law decisions of the UEFA Control and Disciplinary Body and the UEFA Appeals Body for the 2012/13 season.

There are two documents, one covering the case law between July and December 2012, and the other detailing the period January to June 2013.

July to December 2012
Notable cases in this time included decisions made following the throwing of missiles by SK Rapid Wien and FC PAOK fans, plus the Luiz Adriano case after his goal for FC Shakhter Donetsk against FC København.

January to June 2013
Sanctions handed down following the Serbia-England UEFA European Under-21 Championship play-off, and disciplinary decisions pertaining to SS Lazio, FC Zenit and VfB Stuttgart – among otheres – are outlined here.

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Meetings agenda

Key dates relating to UEFA competition disciplinary cases, match-fixing prevention and club financial control matters can be seen below and will be refreshed on a regular basis. This month's dates are below; use the side arrows for the agenda for past and future months.

 
  • Friday 4 October 2013
    Appeals Body plenary meeting
  • Thursday 17 October 2013
    Control and Disciplinary Body plenary meeting
  • Wednesday 6 November 2013
    Appeals Body plenary meeting
  • Thursday 21 November 2013
    Control and Disciplinary Body plenary meeting
  • Friday 13 December 2013
    Appeals Body plenary meeting
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