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By SI Wire
October 02, 2014

UEFA has charged Galatasaray with crowd disturbances for fans lighting flares at the match against Arsenal on Wednesday, UEFA announced on Thursday

The organization said disciplinary proceedings have been opened.

Fans lit fireworks and flares and threw them on the field during the first half of Arsenal’s 4-1 rout. There was a brief stoppage in play until the field was cleared.

UEFA also charged Borussia Dortmund and Basel over fan disorder at Champions League matches. Borussia Dortmund fans threw fireworks during a 3-0 win at Anderlecht and Basel was charged for fans throwing an object during a 1-0 win against Liverpool.

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All three cases will be addressed by the associations’s Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body on Oct. 16. If found guilty, teams could be forced to partially close their grounds for future Champions League games as punishment.

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