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

stadium.

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

stadium.

”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.