UEFA upholds empty-stadium order for Fenerbahce

UEFA has rejected Fenerbahce’s appeal against playing in an

empty stadium on Thursday because fans delayed an earlier

closed-door match by parachuting in fireworks.

UEFA says its appeals panel also upheld a threat to expel

Fenerbahce from one season of European club competition during a

two-year probationary period.

Fenerbahce will host Viktoria Plzen in the Europa League last-16

with a 1-0 lead from the first leg.

Fans fired flares into Sukru Saracoglu Stadium when they were

barred from the Turkish club’s 1-0 win against BATE Borisov in the

second leg of the last-32 match.

UEFA had previously charged Fenerbahce over fan disturbances at

two other matches this season.

UEFA imposed a ?60,000 ($79,000) fine that included a ”kit

infringement” violation against BATE and five Fenerbahce players

getting yellow cards.