UEFA fines Debrecen for using ineligible player
UEFA has fined Debrecen ?15,000 ($19,200) for fielding an
ineligible player in the Europa League, but rejected a protest by
opponent Litex Lovech to kick the Hungarians out of the
UEFA says its disciplinary panel agreed that Peter Mate should
not have played last Thursday in the second leg of the playoffs.
But UEFA says Debrecen used Mate in good faith as a substitute in
Bulgaria when it led 4-1 on aggregate.
UEFA says Debrecen had ”no interest in fielding this player for
the three last minutes of additional time, when the score was so
clearly in its favor.”
Litex can appeal the ruling before Debrecen opens group play on
Sept. 16 at home against Ukrainian club Metalist Kharkiv.