Fenerbahce loses CAS appeal case against UEFA
Fenerbahce has lost an appeal against UEFA at sport’s highest
court and risks a further exclusion from the Champions League or
Europa League when a current two-year ban expires.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport said it dismissed the Turkish
club’s challenge to sanctions imposed after fans barred from a
Europa League match in February parachuted fireworks into the empty
The court panel’s published ruling said the flares stopped the
Fenerbahce vs. BATE Borisov last-32 match for one minute and set a
flag on fire.
UEFA closed the Sukru Saracoglu Stadium in Istanbul for a
subsequent Europa League match, against Viktoria Plzen, and
deferred a one-season expulsion from its competitions for a
two-year probationary period.
UEFA said Thursday that the probationary period begins when
Fenerbahce next qualifies after serving a two-season ban from
European competitions over a domestic match-fixing case.
Fenerbahce, which leads the Turkish league, becomes eligible
again for the 2015-16 Champions League or Europa League.
The club urged the CAS panel of three arbitrators to accept it
was not responsible for the actions of supporters outside its
”The panel has sympathy for the club’s difficult position in
dealing with these kinds of troublemakers, but has nevertheless
serious doubts … that these troublemakers were absolutely unknown
to the club,” the ruling said.
The panel judged that a threatened one-year exclusion for a
similar offense in future was justified, after UEFA sanctioned
Fenerbahce for fans using fireworks at eight different matches
between August and December 2012.