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
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.