Ajax hit with UEFA punishment

Dutch giants Ajax have been fined by UEFA after their supporters

protested during a Champions League match in October.

Supporters in the Amsterdam ArenA displayed a banner with the

slogan “against modern football” and another which depicted a

sheikh holding a bag with a dollar sign, with a red line drawn

across it.

Fans held a lot one banner saying “against modern football” and

another which depicted a sheikh holding a bag with a dollar sign,

with a red line drawn across it.

Another banner stated “80 euros for the away section is

ridiculous”, while other supporters displayed unflattering messages

aimed at Manchester City, Chelsea, Red Bull Salzburg and Red Bull

Leipzig.

UEFA said the Dutch club had been fined 10,000euros for “display

of a provocative and inappropriate banner.”

City are bankrolled by Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, a

member of Abu Dhabi’s ruling family, while Chelsea are financed by

Russia’s Roman Abramovich.

Ajax have been European Champions four times, the last in 1995,

but have been unable to compete with the financial clout of

newly-rich clubs.