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Betis lose ground appeal

Published: Wednesday 18 September 2002, 14.11CET
Real Betis Balompié must serve a two-match stadium ban after crowd trouble last season. features

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Published: Wednesday 18 September 2002, 14.11CET

Betis lose ground appeal

Real Betis Balompié must serve a two-match stadium ban after crowd trouble last season.
Real Betis Balompié could play their next home league game at Real Madrid CF's Santiago Bernabéu ground after the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) insisted the club must serve a two-match stadium ban.

Crowd violence
The RFEF have rejected Betis's appeal against the suspension imposed after crowd trouble at last season's derby against Sevilla FC and told the club they have to play their next two home league matches at least 200km away from Seville.

Floodlight failure
The Santiago Bernabéu is the stadium Betis want to use for the game against FC Barcelona on 28 September. Betis had been allowed to stage their opening home fixture, against Madrid last Saturday, at their Ruiz de Lopera stadium. Ironically, the match had to be called off due to floodlight failure. The ban also includes the RCD Mallorca tie on 20 October.

Official notice
Betis will wait for official communication of the suspension from the RFEF today or tomorrow before deciding whether to pursue another appeal.

Last updated: 18/09/02 17.10CET

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