Greek club PAOK will have to play their next three European home games behind closed doors after losing an appeal against sanctions imposed by UEFA following a riot at a match in August.
The club will also have to pay a fine of 150,000 euros (US$193,500) and face automatic expulsion from European competition if there is a repeat incident within the next three years, European soccer’s governing body said on Monday.
The trouble broke out before the start of PAOK’s UEFA Europa League qualifying tie at home to Austrian side SK Rapid Vienna on Aug 23.
The Austrian club said that Molotov cocktails were among the weapons used to attack their fans as they arrived at the Toumba Stadium for the match.
Video showed fans hurling a variety of firecrackers and other missiles at each other, and at one point dozens of masked fans ran onto the pitch.
Rapid said that some of their supporters were also attacked in Thessaloniki city center.
“PAOK were charged with the improper conduct of supporters — crowd disturbances, pitch invasion, setting off and throwing of missiles and fireworks — and insufficient organization,” UEFA said in a statement.
Rapid have already lost an appeal after being ordered to play one European match behind closed doors and pay a fine of 75,000 euros.
PAOK won 2-1, but lost the second leg 3-0. The punishment will be applied next time they qualify for European competition.
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