Barca Fined £16,500 By Uefa
SAN FRANCISCO, March 24, (THEWILL) – Europe's football governing body, UEFA, has fined Barcelona football club for fans running on the pitch to celebrate their dramatic Champions League victory over French giants, Paris Saint-Germain.
THEWILL recalls that Sergi Roberto's added-time goal sealed an incredible 6-1 win for Barcelona at the Nou Camp, in Spain, sparking jubilant scenes among players and supporters alike.
Overjoyed, some fans could not resist jumping over the advertising hoardings and celebrating on the playing surface with the players who had just reached the quarter-finals against all odds.
Displeased by the action of the fans, UEFA stated that the £16,500 (19,000 euros) fine includes a mandatory sanction because five players were shown yellow cards during the second leg.
Three other clubs were also fined by UEFA for incidents at recent Champions League and Europa League games.
Saint-Etienne of France must pay £43,250 (50,000 euros) for fans' improper conduct and lighting flares at Old Trafford during their 3-0 defeat against Manchester United of England.
Italian club, Napoli, have been fined £32,900 (38,000 euros) for a range of offences during their 3-1 home loss against Real Madrid of Spain.
UEFA also asked Rostov to pay £13,900 (16,000 euros) for fans lighting fireworks at Sparta Prague's stadium last month.