UEFA clears Arsenal, fines Galatasaray over Champions League flares

Monday October 20th, 2014

UEFA has cleared Arsenal and fined Galatasaray after fans of the Turkish club lit fireworks and flares and threw them on the field during the first half of Arsenal’s 4-1 win on Oct. 1, according to The Guardian

The match, which was played at Emirates Stadium in London, was temporarily stopped because of it. 

UEFA originally charged Arsenal with "insufficient organization (lack of body searching)," but those charges are now dropped. 

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Galatasaray has been fined $64,000 and ordered to "contact Arsenal FC within 30 days for the settlement of the damages caused by its supporters."

From The Guardian

Arsenal stewards conducted searches of bags on the turnstiles, when six flares and fireworks were confiscated, although some were still smuggled in by Turkish supporters. Arsenal reported damage to about 100 seats in the away end.

UEFA also announced it has fined Basel $51,200 after fans threw objects onto the field during a home win over Liverpool the same day of the Arsenal-Galatasaray match.

- Molly Geary

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