Villarreal pair escape bans for Europa League semi

UEFA has fined Villarreal and its players Nilmar and Santi

Cazorla after they appeared to get deliberate yellow cards in the

Europa League quarterfinals.

However, UEFA’s disciplinary panel declined to suspend the pair

for the first leg of the team’s semifinal against FC Porto on April


UEFA says it fined Villarreal ?60,000 ($87,000) and the players

?20,000 ($29,000) each.

The Brazil forward and Spain midfielder were booked near the end

of Villarreal’s 5-1 victory over FC Twente.

They served bans activated by third yellow cards in the

competition during the return leg as Villarreal easily advanced,

giving them clean disciplinary records for the semifinal.