UEFA bars Spartak Moscow fans from Champions League trip

September 28, 2017
Mexico's Nestor Araujo (left) and Portugal's Andre Silva go for the ball during the Confederations Cup third-place match, at the Moscow Spartak Stadium earlier this year. Portugal won 2-1. Mexico's coach has been banned for his behaviour during the match.


NYON, Switzerland (AP):

UEFA has banned Spartak Moscow from selling tickets to fans for its next Champions League away game after a rocket-like flare was fired toward a referee.

UEFA says the Russian champions have also been fined €60,000 (US$72,000).

The ticket ban will apply to Spartak's trip to play Sevilla on Nov. 1.

Spartak's home game against Liverpool on Tuesday in Moscow will not be affected.

The flare rocketed out of the section holding visiting Spartak fans early in its 1-1 draw with Slovenian champion Maribor last week. It landed in the centre circle near German referee Denis Aytekin and burned out. The referee briefly stopped play.

The UEFA disciplinary panel also requested further investigations of disturbances at Arsenal's home game against Cologne in the Europa League last week.

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