Lotito: Appeal a waste of time
Lazio president Claudio Lotito has described his club’s appeal
of a UEFA stadium ban as a “waste of time” after it was rejected on
UEFA last month ordered the Italians to play their next two home
European matches behind closed doors, starting with Thursday’s
Europa League last-16 match against Stuttgart, after the club was
charged over the setting-off of fireworks, racist behaviour and
insufficient organisation during their last-32 match against
The club were also fined 40,000 euros (?35,000).
Lazio’s appeal was rejected by UEFA’s Appeals Body today, and
Lotito said he was not surprised.
“It was a waste of time,” he said in a statement on the club’s
website. “Everything we did to explain ourselves did nothing. The
motivations we still do not know…
“Nothing has been served by coming here. There have been four
days spent on the appeal, plus expenses, but it is the story of a
It is not the first time Lazio fans have fallen foul of European
football’s governing body, with the club having previously been
punished for racism offences in matches against Tottenham and
Slovenian side Maribor.
Fenerbahce will also have to play their next home European match
in an empty stadium after their appeal of a charge of throwing
fireworks in their recent Europa League clash against BATE Borisov
was also rejected.
However, the Appeals Body partially accepted Cesar Navas’ appeal
against the red card he was shown during Rubin Kazan’s last-32
second leg against Atletico Madrid, a match the Russians lost 1-0
only to knock out the holders 2-1 on aggregate.
Navas was dismissed for a late lunge on Falcao, but the partial
success of his appeal means his ban is now for two games, rather
than three, and he will complete it by sitting out the second leg
of their tie with Levante on Thursday.