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.