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Basel ordered to host Europa League quarterfinal in empty stadium

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Unruly Basel fans have cost the club being able to play in front of fans during its home leg of the Europa League quarterfinals.

NYON, Switzerland (AP) - UEFA has punished Basel for fan hooliganism by ordering the Swiss club to play its home Europa League quarterfinal against Valencia in an empty stadium.

UEFA says a second stadium-closure order was deferred for a two-year probationary period.

Basel fans forced play to be stopped by throwing fireworks on the pitch during its 2-1 victory at Salzburg last Thursday.

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The referee took the teams to the dressing rooms for several minutes during the first half of the last-16, second-leg match.

Basel advanced 2-1 on aggregate, and hosts Valencia in the first leg on April 3.

Basel must also pay a 107,000 euro ($148,000) fine. UEFA typically imposes bigger fines when broadcast schedules are disrupted.

The club can appeal.

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