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UEFA crack down on Lyon and Besiktas with suspended bans

Europa League By: Collins Udeme | 19/04/2017

UEFA crack down on Lyon and Besiktas with suspended bans

French Ligue 1 side Lyon and Super Lig outfit Besiktas have been handed two years suspended bans by Uefa after their European clash was marred by crowd trouble last week Thursday in France.

Their Europa League match on April 13 was delayed by 45 minutes after fans launched fireworks, blocked stairways and fought in the stands. On the day of the game fans clashed with French police ahead of their quarter-final tie.

Lyon survive Besiktas scare amidst crowd trouble

And Uefa have cracked down on crowd trouble by issuing a two-year suspended ban and dished out £83,800 fines to both clubs. It means that the two clubs will be banned from European football for one year if a similar event happens again within two years.
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The two clubs meet again in Istanbul on Thursday for the second-leg of their tie with Besiktas looking to turn around a 2-1 deficit.

A disciplinary statement read regarding Lyon's punishment: "The charges against the French club were related to crowd disturbances, setting off of fireworks, stairways blocked, insufficient organization and field invasion by supporters after their second goal."

Regarding Besiktas, it read: "The charges against the Turkish club were related to crowd disturbances, setting off of fireworks and throwing of objects."

Besiktas fans, in particular, have a history of violence. Just last December clashes broke out in a game between the Turkish side and Dinamo Kiev.
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