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by UEFA - 12/06/2013

The UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body (CEDB) has announced the following decisions:

Match: UEFA Europa League first qualifying round second-leg match between Rangers FC and St Joseph's FC (6:0), 18 July in Scotland

Charges against Rangers FC:
- Racist behaviour (sectarian chants) - Art. 14 of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations (DR)

Decision:
The Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body has decided to order a partial closure of the stadium during the next one (1) UEFA competition match in which Rangers FC play as the host club, for the racist behaviour of its supporters. Rangers FC shall, as a matter of urgency, inform UEFA of the sector(s) to be closed, which shall at least comprehend 3,000 seats. The Scottish club is ordered to display a banner with the wording “#EqualGame”, with the UEFA logo on it. The banner shall be displayed in the sector(s) to be closed.

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Match: UEFA Europa League first qualifying round first-leg match between MFK Ružomberok and PFC Levski Sofia (0:2), played on 11 July in Slovakia

Charges against PFC Levski Sofia:
- Racist behaviour (banner) - Art. 14 of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations (DR)
- Improper conduct of the team (5 cards or more) - Art. 15 (4) DR

Decision:
The Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body has decided:
- to order the partial closure of the PFC Levski Sofia Stadium during the next one (1) UEFA competition match in which PFC Levski Sofia would play as the host club, for the racist behaviour. PFC Levski Sofia shall inform, as a matter of urgency, prior to the match, the sector(s) to be closed, which shall at least comprehend 3,000 seats. Bulgarian club is ordered to to display a banner with the wording “#EqualGame”, with the UEFA logo on it. The banner shall be displayed in the sector(s) to be closed;
- to fine PFC Levski Sofia €4,500 for the improper conduct of the team.

The UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body (CEDB) has announced the following decisions:

Match: UEFA Europa League third qualifying round first-leg match between FK Partizan and Yeni Malatyaspor (3-1), played on 8 August in Serbia.

Charges against FK Partizan:

- Throwing of objects - Art. 16 (2) (b) of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations (DR)
- Setting off fireworks - Art. 16 (2) (c) DR
- Racist behaviour - Art. 14 DR
- Stairways blocked – Art. 38 Safety and Security Regulations

Decision: The Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body has decided:

- to fine FK Partizan €24,250 for the throwing of objects and fireworks and for the blocking of stairways.
- to order FK Partizan to play its next two (2) UEFA competition matches as host club behind closed doors, for the racist behaviour of its supporters.

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Match: UEFA Europa League third qualifying round first-leg match between PFC Lokomotiv Plovdiv 1926 and Racing Club de Strasbourg Alsace (0:1), played on 8 August in Bulgaria.

Charges against PFC Lokomotiv Plovdiv 1926:

- Racist behaviour – Art. 14 DR

Decision: The Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body has decided:

- to order a partial closure of the PFC Lokomotiv Plovdiv 1926 stadium  during the  next one (1) UEFA competition match in which PFC Lokomotiv Plovdiv 1926  would play as the host club, for the racist behaviour of its supporters. In particular, PFC Lokomotiv Plovdiv 1926 shall close the sector Tribuna Sportclub.
- to order PFC Lokomotiv Plovdiv 1926 to implement the following directive in the next UEFA competition match in which it shall play as the host club: to display a banner with the wording “#EqualGame”, with the UEFA logo on it in the Tribuna Sportclub sector.

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Match: UEFA Champions League third qualifying round first-leg match between İstanbul Başakşehir FK and Olympiacos FC (0-1), played on 7 August in Turkey.

Charges against İstanbul Başakşehir FK:

- Improper conduct of the team (5 cards or more) - Art. 15(4) DR
- Abusive language against match official – Chedjou Fongang - Art. 15(1)(b) DR
- Failure to comply with the referee’s orders – Okan Buruk - Art. 15(1)(a)(iii) DR

Decision: The Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body has decided:

- to fine İstanbul Basaksehir FK €5,250 for the improper conduct of the team.
- to suspend the İstanbul Basaksehir FK player Chedjou Fongang for two (2) UEFA competition matches for which he would be otherwise eligible, for directing abusive language at a match official.
- to suspend the İstanbul Basaksehir FK coach Buruk Okan for one (1) UEFA competition match in which he would otherwise participate, for the failure to comply with the referee’s orders.

The UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body (CEDB) has announced the following decisions:

Match: UEFA Europa League second qualifying round second-leg match between Gzira United FC and FK Ventspils (2:2), played on 1 August in Malta

Charges against FK Ventspils:
- Racist conduct of player Makhnovskyi Kostiantyn - Art. 14 of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations (DR)

Decision:
The Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body has decided to suspend the FK Ventspils player Makhnovskyi Kostiantyn for ten (10) UEFA competition matches for which he would be otherwise eligible, for racist conduct.

Charges against Gzira United FC:
- Improper conduct of player Samb Amadou - insulting others present at the match - Art. 15 (1) (a) (iv) DR

Decision:
The Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body has decided to suspend the Gzira United FC player Samb Amadou for two (2) UEFA competition matches for which he would be otherwise eligible, for insulting others present at the match.

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Match: UEFA Europa League second qualifying round second-leg match between FC Dinamo Tbilisi and Gabala SC (3-0), played on 1 August in Georgia

Charges against FC Dinamo Tbilisi:
- Racist behaviour - Art. 14 DR

Decision:
The Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body has decided:
- to order FC Dinamo Tbilisi to play its next UEFA competition match as host club behind closed doors for the racist behaviour of its supporters. The Georgian club is ordered to display a banner with the wording “#EqualGame”, with the UEFA logo on it, which shall cover sections 1, 2 and 18 of the South Stand in the next UEFA competition match which they shall play as the host club;
- to fine FC Dinamo Tbilisi €50,000 for the racist behaviour of its supporters.

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Match: UEFA Europa League second qualifying round second-leg match between Apollon Limassol FC and Shamrock Rovers FC (3-1), played on 1 August 2019 in Cyprus

Charges against Apollon Limassol FC:
- Rough play of player Papoulis Fotios - Art. 15 (1) (a) (ii) DR

Decision:
The Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body has decided to suspend the Apollon Limassol FC player Papoulis Fotios for two (2) UEFA competition matches for which he would be otherwise eligible, for rough play.

The UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body (CEDB) has announced the following decision:

Match: UEFA Europa League second qualifying round second-leg match between Universitatea Craiova and Budapest Honvéd FC (0-0), played on 1 August 2019 in Romania

Charges against Universitatea Craiova:
- Setting off fireworks - Art. 16 (2) (c) of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations (DR)
- Throwing of objects - Art. 16 (2) (b) DR
- Insufficient organization - Art. 16 (1) DR, Art. 27.01 and 33.02 of the UEFA Safety and Security Regulations
- Racist behaviour - Art. 14 DR
- Crowd disturbances - Art. 16 (2) (h) DR

Decision:
The Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body has decided:
- to order Universitatea Craiova to play its next three (3) UEFA competition matches as host club behind closed doors, the third of which is suspended for a probationary period of two (2) years;
- to fine Universitatea Craiova €60,000.

Following aforementioned match, disciplinary proceedings have been opened against Budapest Honvéd FC.

Charges against Budapest Honvéd FC:
- Improper conduct of the team - Art. 15 (4) of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations (DR)
- Crowd disturbances - Art. 16 (2) DR
- Racist behaviour - Art. 14 DR

The case will be dealt with by the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body on 22 August.

The UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body (CEDB) has announced the following decisions:

Match: European Qualifiers group A match between Bulgaria and Kosovo (2-3), played on 10 June March in Bulgaria.

Charges against Bulgaria:

- Racist behaviour - Art. 14 of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations (DR)

Decision: The Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body has decided to:

- to order the partial closure of the Natsionalen Stadion Vasil Levski stadium during the 2020 European Championship Qualifying round match the national team of the Bulgarian Football Union will play against the national team of the Football Association of the Czech Republic on 17 November 2019, for the racist behaviour of its supporters. In particular, the Bulgarian Football Union shall close 3,000 seats of Stand B of the Natsionalen Stadion Vasil Levski stadium, including sector 16.

- Should the Bulgarian Football Union play the abovementioned match in a different stadium to the one stipulated above, the Bulgarian Football Union is ordered to provide UEFA with a proposal as to which sector(s)  will  be  closed  in  such  stadium, which shall correspond to the number of 3,000 seats that  would have  been closed in the Natsionalen Stadion Vasil Levski stadium.

- to order the Bulgarian Football Union to implement the following directive in the abovementioned match: to display in the sector(s) to be closed a banner with the wording “#EqualGame”, with the UEFA logo on it.

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Match: European Qualifiers group A match between Czech Republic and Bulgaria (2-1), played on 7 June June in Czech Republic.

Charges against Bulgaria:

- Racist behaviour - Art. 14 of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations (DR)

Decision: The Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body has decided to:

- to order the partial closure of the Natsionalen Stadion Vasil Levski during the 2020 European Championship Qualifying round match the national team of the Bulgarian Football Union will play against the national team of the English Football Association on 14 October 2019, for the racist behaviour of its supporters. The Bulgarian Football Union shall inform, at least 30 days prior to the match, the sector(s) to be closed, which shall at least comprehend 5,000 seats.

- Should the Bulgarian Football Union play the abovementioned match in a different stadium to the one stipulated above, the Bulgarian Football Union is ordered to provide UEFA with a proposal as to which sector(s) will be closed in such stadium, which shall correspond to the number of 5,000 seats that would have been closed in the Natsionalen Stadion Vasil Levski.

- to order the Bulgarian Football Union to implement the following directive in the abovementioned match: to display in the sector(s) to be closed a banner with the wording “#EqualGame”, with the UEFA logo on it.

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Match: European Qualifiers group J match between Greece and Italy (0-3), played on 8 June in Greece.

Charges against Greece:

- Late kick-off - Art. 11 (2) (h) DR
- Setting off fireworks - Art. 16 (2) (c) DR
- Throwing of objects - Art. 16 (2) (b) DR
- Stairways blocked - Art. 38 Safety & Security Regulations
- Locked emergency gates - Art. 39 Safety & Security Regulations
- Improper conduct of officials - Art. 11 (2) (h) DR

Decision: The Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body has decided:

-to fine the Hellenic Football Federation €63,500 for the setting-off of fireworks, throwing of objects, blocking of stairways, late kick-off and locked emergency gates.

- to close the disciplinary proceedings against head coach Angelos Anastasiadis for the late kick-off.

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Match: European Qualifiers group G match between Latvia and Israel (0-3), played on 7 June in Latvia.

Charges against Latvia:

- Racist behaviour - Art. 14 of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations

Decision: The Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body has decided:

- to close the disciplinary proceedings against the Latvian Football Federation for the racist behaviour.

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Match: European Qualifiers group B match between Ukraine and Serbia (5-0), played on 7 June in Ukraine.

Charges against Ukraine:

- Setting off of fireworks - Art. 16 (2) DR
- Throwing of objects - Art. 16 (2) DR
- Stairways blocked - Art 38 Safety and Security Reg.
- Lighting of an object - Art. 16 (2) DR

Decision: The Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body has decided:

- to fine the Ukrainian Association of Football €15,250 for setting off fireworks and for the blocking of stairways.

- to close the disciplinary proceedings against the Ukrainian Association of Football for the throwing of objects.

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Match: European Under-21 Championship match between Romania and Croatia (4-1), played on 18 June in Italy.

Charges against Romania:

- Setting off fireworks – Art. 16 (2) (b) DR
- Throwing of objects – Art. 16 (2) (c) DR
- Racist behaviour – Art. 14 DR

Decision: The Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body has decided to:

- to fine the Romanian Football Federation €2,000 for setting off fireworks and for the throwing of objects.

-to order a partial closure of the stadium during the next one (1) UEFA competition match in which the Romanian Football Federation Under-21 team would play as the host association, for the racist behaviour of its supporters. The Romanian Football Federation shall, at least 30 days prior to the match, inform UEFA of the sector(s) to be closed, which shall at least comprehend 2,000 seats.

-to order the Romanian Football Federation to implement the following directive in the next UEFA competition match in which its Under-21 team shall play as the host association: to display a banner with the wording “#EqualGame”, with the UEFA logo on it.

UEFA Appeals Body decision – Paris Saint-Germain

Match: UEFA Champions League Round of 16 second leg match between Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United FC (1-3), played on 6 March in France

Decision: The appeal lodged by Paris Saint-Germain is rejected. Consequently, the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body’s decision of 25 April is confirmed.

The CEDB had decided to suspend the Paris Saint-Germain player Neymar Junior for three (3) UEFA competition matches for which he would be otherwise eligible, for insulting match officials.

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UEFA Appeals Body decision – Portuguese Football Federation

Match: UEFA European Qualifiers Group B matches between Portugal and Ukraine (0-0), played on 22 March 2019

Incident: Protest lodged by the Portuguese Football Federation, in relation to the eligibility of Ukraine’s player Júnior Moraes in the above-mentioned match - Art. 57 (1) (a) of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations

Decision: The appeal lodged by the Portuguese Football Federation is rejected. Consequently, the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body’s decision of 2 May is confirmed.

The CEDB had decided to reject the protest lodged by the Portuguese Football Federation.

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UEFA Appeals Body decision – Luxembourg Football Federation

Match: UEFA European Qualifiers Group B matches between Luxembourg and Ukraine (1-2) played on 25 March 2019

Incident: Protest lodged by the Luxembourg Football Federation, in relation to the eligibility of Ukraine’s player Júnior Moraes in the above-mentioned match - Art. 57 (1) (a) of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations

Decision: The appeal lodged by the Luxembourg Football Federation is rejected. Consequently, the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body’s decision of 2 May is confirmed.

The CEDB had decided to reject the protest lodged by the Luxembourg Football Federation.

Disciplinary proceedings have been opened following the European Qualifiers group A match between Bulgaria and Kosovo (2-3), played on 10 June March in Bulgaria.

Charges against Bulgaria:

- Racist behaviour - Art. 14 of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations (DR)

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Disciplinary proceedings have been opened following the European Qualifiers group J match between Greece and Italy (0-3), played on 8 June in Greece.

Charges against Greece:

- Late kick-off - Art. 11 (2) DR
- Improper conduct of Mr. Anastasiadis for late kick-off - Art. 11 (2) DR
- Setting off of fireworks - Art. 16 (2) DR
- Throwing of objects - Art. 16 (2) DR
- Stairways blocked - Art. 38 Safety and Security Reg.

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Disciplinary proceedings have been opened following the European Qualifiers group G match between Latvia and Israel (0-3), played on 7 June in Latvia.

Charges against Latvia:

- Racist behaviour - Art. 14 of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations

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Disciplinary proceedings have been opened following the European Qualifiers group B match between Ukraine and Serbia (5-0), played on 7 June in Ukraine.

Charges against Ukraine:

- Setting off of fireworks - Art. 16 (2) DR
- Throwing of objects - Art. 16 (2) DR
- Stairways blocked - Art 38 Safety and Security Reg.
- Lighting of an object - Art. 16 (2) DR

All the above-mentioned cases will be dealt with by the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary on 18 July.

UEFA Appeals Body decision – Hungarian Football Federation

Match: European Qualifiers group E match between Slovakia and Hungary (2:0), played on 21 March

Decision: The appeal lodged by Hungarian Football Federation has been partially upheld. Consequently, the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body’s decision of 26 April is amended as follows:

- the proceedings for throwing of objects are closed without sanction.

The remainder of the CEDB’s decision of 25 April is confirmed. The Hungarian Football Federation, therefore, is fined €13,500 for other charges.

The CEDB had decided:

- to order the partial closure of the Hungarian Football Federation’s stadium during the next (1) UEFA competition match in which the Hungarian Football Federation would play as the host association. The Hungarian Football Federation shall inform at least 30 days prior to the match the sectors to be closed, which shall at least comprehend 3,000 seats;
- to order the Hungarian Football Federation to display a banner with the wording “#EqualGame”, with the UEFA logo on it. The banner shall be covering the entire sector(s) to be closed;
- to fine the Hungarian Football Federation €5,000 for the acts of damages done by its supporters. The Hungarian Football Federation is ordered to contact the Slovak Football Association within 30 days for the settlement of the damages caused by its supporters;
- to fine the Hungarian Football Federation €18,500 for other charges.

UEFA Appeals Body decision – Football Association of Montenegro

Match: European Qualifiers group A match between Montenegro and England (1-5), played on 25 March

Decision: The appeal lodged by Football Association of Montenegro has been dismissed and therefore the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body (CEDB) decision of 26 April is confirmed.

The CEDB had decided:
- to order the Football Association of Montenegro to play its next (1) UEFA competition match as a host association behind closed doors for the racist behaviour of its supporters;
- to order the Football Association of Montenegro to display a banner with the wording “#EqualGame”, with the UEFA logo on it, in the next UEFA competition match which the association shall play as the host;
- to fine the Football Association of Montenegro €20,000 for other charges.

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UEFA Appeals Body decision – Football Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Match: European Qualifiers group J match between Bosnia and Herzegovina and Greece (2:2), played on 26 March

Decision: The appeal lodged by Football Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina has been partially upheld. Consequently, the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body’s decision of 26 April is amended as follows:

- to suspend the player Miralem Pjanić for one (1) UEFA competition match for which he would be otherwise eligible.

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UEFA Appeals Body decision – S.S. Lazio

Match: UEFA Europa League Round of 32 second leg match between Sevilla FC and S.S. Lazio (2-0), played on 20 February in Spain

Decision: The appeal lodged by S.S. Lazio has been dismissed and the CEDB’s decision of 28 March is confirmed.

The CEDB had decided to:
- to order the partial closure of the S.S. Lazio stadium during the next (1) UEFA competition match in which the Italian club would play as the host. The S.S. Lazio shall inform at least 30 days prior to the match, the sector(s) to be closed, which shall at least comprehend 3,000 seats;
- to order S.S. Lazio to implement the following directive in the next UEFA competition match which the club shall play as the host club: to display a banner with the wording “#EqualGame”, with the UEFA logo on it. The banner shall be covering the entire sector(s) to be closed;
- to fine S.S. Lazio €20,000;
- to suspend player Adam Marušic for assaulting another player for three (3) UEFA competition matches for which he would be otherwise eligible.

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UEFA Appeals Body decision – FC Porto

Match: UEFA Champions League Round of 16 second leg match between FC Porto and AS Roma (3-1), played on 6 March in Portugal

Decision: The appeal lodged by FC Porto has been dismissed and the CEDB’s decision of 29 March is confirmed.

The CEDB had decided to fine FC Porto €28,500.

The UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body (CEDB) has announced the following decisions:

Match: UEFA Champions League group stage match between FC Barcelona and Tottenham Hotspur FC (1-1), played on 11 December 2018 in Spain.

Charges against FC Barcelona:

- Insufficient organisation - Art. 11 (1) of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations (DR)

Decision: The Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body has decided to fine FC Barcelona €20,000 for the insufficient organisation.

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Match: UEFA Champions League quarter-final first leg match between AFC Ajax and Juventus Football Club (1-1), played on 10 April in the Netherlands.

Charges against AFC Ajax:

- Throwing of objects - Art. 16 (2) of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations (DR)
- Crowd disturbances - Art. 16 (2) DR
- Stairways blocked - Art. 38 of the UEFA Safety and Security Regulations

Decision: The Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body has decided to fine AFC Ajax €52,500 for all the above-mentioned incidents.

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Match: UEFA Europa League quarter-final second leg match between Eintracht Frankfurt and SL Benfica (2-0), played on 18 April in Germany.

Charges against SL Benfica:

- Setting off fireworks - Art. 16 (2) (c) DR
- Late kick-off - Art. 11 (2) (h) DR
- Repeated protest against the referee’s orders (Bruno Lager) - Art. 15 (1) (a) DR

Decision: The Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body has decided:

- to suspend the SL Benfica coach Bruno Lager for one (1) UEFA competition match in which he would otherwise participate for repeated protests against the referee’s orders.
- to warn SL Benfica and the coach for the late kick-off.
- to fine SL Benfica €1,000 for setting off fireworks.


Charges against Eintracht Frankfurt:

- Stairways blocked – Art. 38 Safety & Security Regulations
- Attempted field invasion by supporters - Art. 16 (2) (a) DR
- Acts of damages - Art. 16 (2) (f) DR

Decision: The Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body has decided to fine Eintracht Frankfurt €34,000 for the above-mentioned incidents.

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Match: UEFA Champions League semi-final first leg match between Tottenham Hotspur FC and AFC Ajax (0-1), played on 30 April in England.

Charges against Tottenham Hotspur FC:

- Late kick-off - Art. 11 (2) (h) DR
- Improper conduct of officials - Art. 11 (2) (h) DR

Decision: The Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body has decided:

- to fine Tottenham Hotspur FC €10,000 for the late kick-off.
- to suspend the Tottenham Hotspur FC coach Mauricio Pochettino for one (1) UEFA  competition  match  in  which  he  would  otherwise  participate, for the late kick-off. The suspension is deferred for a probation period of one year.
Therefore, the coach is currently not suspended for any UEFA competition matches.

Charges against AFC Ajax:

- Late kick-off - Art. 11 (2) (h) DR
- Improper conduct of officials - Art. 11 (2) (h) DR

Decision: The Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body has decided to warn AFC Ajax and the head coach Erik Ten Hag for the late kick-off.

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Match: UEFA Champions League quarter-final second leg match between FC Porto and Liverpool FC (1-4), played on 17 April in Portugal.

Charges against FC Porto:

- Stairways blocked – Art. 38 Safety & Security Regulations
- Setting off fireworks - Art. 16 (2) (c) DR
- Late kick-off - Art. 11 (2) (h) DR
- Being responsible for a late kick-off (Sergio Conceição) - Art. 11 (2) (h) DR

Decision: The Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body has decided:

-to fine FC Porto €42,500 for the blocking of stairways, setting off fireworks and the late kick-off.
-to suspend the FC Porto coach Sergio Conceição for one (1) UEFA competition match in which he would otherwise participate, for being responsible for a late kick-off.

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Match: UEFA Champions League quarter-final first leg match between Tottenham Hotspur FC and Manchester City FC (1-0), played on 9 April in England.

Charges against Tottenham Hotspur FC:

- Field invasion by supporters - Art. 16 (2) of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations

Decision: The Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body has decided:

-to fine Tottenham Hotspur FC €5,000 for the pitch invasion.

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