Austria Vienna fined for fans' behavior

BY foxsports • February 19, 2010

UEFA has ordered Austria Vienna to play two European games in an empty stadium - one of them deferred - and has fined the club 20,000 Euros for its supporters' actions during a Europa League group match in December.

The game between Austria and Athletic Bilbao was interrupted in the second half for about 20 minutes when Austria Vienna fans launched fireworks and ran onto the pitch after their team fell 2-0 behind. The Spanish club won the match 3-0.

Austria director Markus Kraetschmer on Friday called the punishment "draconic," adding that "we'll await the detailed written verdict by UEFA before deciding if we accept it or appeal against it."

Austria finished bottom of the table in Group L, while Bilbao and Werder Bremen advanced.

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