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.