UEFA punishes PAOK, Rapid Vienna over fan violence

BY foxsports • August 28, 2012

UEFA has fined Europa League clubs PAOK Thessaloniki and Rapid Vienna following violence at a match in Greece last week.

UEFA threatened both clubs with a two-year competition ban Tuesday, and ordered PAOK to pay a ?150,000 ($188,000) fine and play the next three European matches behind closed doors. Rapid was fined ?75,000 ($94,000) and will host one game without spectators.

The penalty was imposed after Rapid fans hurled flares at rival supporters at a Europa League match in Thessaloniki on Thursday. Home fans responded by running onto the field and throwing flares into the stands.

PAOK won the match 2-1 and faces Rapid in the second leg in Austria on Thursday.

The clubs have three days to appeal the ruling.

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