UEFA probes Istanbul incidents

UEFA will investigate stadium order and discipline at the Turkey-England qualifier.

Flares and missiles
European football's governing body said that after examination of the delegate's report, UEFA would investigate the setting-off of flares and throwing of missiles by spectators at the game.

Video evidence
UEFA will request video evidence before deciding whether any proceedings will be opened in relation to alleged incidents between players both on and off the field at Saturday's match, which ended in a 0-0 draw to send England through to the EURO 2004™ finals in Portugal next summer, and Turkey into a play-off encounter with Latvia next month.

Longer look
"We have now received both the referee's and the delegate's reports about the game. As a result of the referee's report, we have decided to ask for video evidence, so we can take a longer look at what went on, both on the field and in the tunnel," said UEFA communications and public affairs director Mike Lee.

Order and discipline
"In terms of the stadium in general and the delegate's report, there clearly were some problems in terms of order and discipline in the stadium, and therefore that will lead to a disciplinary procedure against the Turkish FA.

Disciplinary investigation
"Clearly, the matters were not of a very serious nature, but there were some problems – something clearly came on the pitch, there were problems also with flares, and therefore that will lead to the opening of a formal procedure as of today."