UEFA considers allowing women, kids at venues closed due to fan behavior

Wednesday October 22nd, 2014

UEFA President Michel Platini says he is considering only letting women and children into matches rather than completely closing stadiums when fans are punished for behavior, according to the Associated Press.

UEFA could use rules introduced by Turkey's football association in 2011, which allows women and children under 12 into games that have teams that have been punished for fan behavior.

"The president is always looking at ways we could improve our rules and regulations," UEFA Chief of Press Pedro Pinto told The Associated Press. "Just yesterday we discussed the possibility of inviting women and children for free instead of closing the stadium completely."

The issue reared its head Tuesday when a Champions League match between CSKA Moscow and Manchester City was played without paying fans.

CSKA Moscow was ordered to play three UEFA competition home matches behind closed doors because of the racist behavior of supporters during a match against Viktoria Plzen last December. UEFA said CSKA was guilty of "racist behaviour of supporters, crowd disturbance, setting off/throwing of fireworks and missiles."

However, about 650 CSKA fans attended Tuesday's match, which ended in 2-2 draw. City led 2-0 before conceding two goals in the second half. 

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany wondered why innocent fans of his team were not allowed into the stadium and said it was “unacceptable” for Moscow to have any fans in the stadium, as the match was supposed to be played behind closed doors.

“I’m not looking for an excuse, but if you want to play it fair then, fair enough, you've got to let your sponsors have some tickets but why the hell do we not have any fans here,” Kompany said, according to the Mirror.

Pinto said that the organization can’t stop the limited number of sponsors and corporate guests that want to support their own team.

Manchester City and Moscow are both winless so far in Group E of Champions League play this season.

- Scooby Axson

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