UEFA punishes PAOK, Rapid Vienna over fan violence

UEFA has fined Europa League clubs PAOK Thessaloniki and Rapid

Vienna following violence at a match in Greece last week.

UEFA threatened both clubs with a two-year competition ban

Tuesday, and ordered PAOK to pay a ?150,000 ($188,000) fine and

play the next three European matches behind closed doors. Rapid was

fined ?75,000 ($94,000) and will host one game without

spectators.

The penalty was imposed after Rapid fans hurled flares at rival

supporters at a Europa League match in Thessaloniki on Thursday.

Home fans responded by running onto the field and throwing flares

into the stands.

PAOK won the match 2-1 and faces Rapid in the second leg in

Austria on Thursday.

The clubs have three days to appeal the ruling.