Lille and Manchester United fined by UEFA

23rd March 2007, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, March 22, 2007 (AFP) - European football's governing body (UEFA) have fined French side Lille and English club Manchester United following the incidents that marred their Champions League last 16 encounter in February.

PARIS, March 22, 2007 (AFP) - European football's governing body (UEFA) have fined French side Lille and English club Manchester United following the incidents that marred their Champions League last 16 encounter in February. 

Lille were fined 61,734 euros for security violations and incorrect behaviour by the Lille players, who left the pitch after Ryan Giggs's quickly-taken free kick took everyone by surprise and consequently won the game.

United were meanwhile fined 9,256 euros for incorrect behaviour by the travelling fans including disturbances at the turnstyles.

Tear gas was used by police during the match at Len's Stade Felix-Bollaert after ticketing problems led to 5,000 supporters cramming into a stand built for 3,500.

Supporters appeared to be in danger of being crushed against a 10-foot high safety barrier and two fans were lifted over the barrier while security officials slammed shut a gate which had been pushed open by United supporters trying to relieve the pressure.

Television images of the game were used by UEFA during the investigation along with reports from both clubs and UEFA's disciplinary committee.

The two clubs have three days to lodge an appeal against the decision.

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Subject: French news

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