Spain's independent sporting arbiter, the Sporting Disciplinary Committee (CEDD), has rejected FC Barcelona's appeal against the closure of the Camp Nou stadium for two league games due to crowd trouble at the match against Real Madrid CF last November.
The CEDD said the two-match ban would stand, as well as a fine of €4,000. That punishment had been handed to Barcelona by the Spanish Football Federation's disciplinary body, the Comité de Competición, and subsequently ratified by its appeals committee.
Right of appeal
Barcelona have 30 days to appeal against the CEDD's decision. Their next two home games, against RC Deportivo La Coruña and Real Sociedad, are expected to go ahead at Camp Nou as scheduled.
The Catalan club also face sanctions from the local government in Barcelona following the incidents at the 23 November match against a Madrid side featuring former Blaugrana player Luis Figo. A pig's head was among the objects thrown on to the pitch during the game, which ended in stalemate.
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