Rotterdam soccer club Feyenoord has been thrown out of the rest of this season’s UEFA Cup competition following last November’s crowd trouble in Nancy, France after a direct appeal by UEFA. The European football body was appealing against the relatively mild punishment imposed on Feyenoord by its own disciplinary commitee last year.
Then Feyenoord was fined €125,000 and ordered to play two matches behind closed doors – if there was any more trouble within three years.
Three Feyenoord fans were sentenced to up to a month in jail for their part in the disturbances in November 30, when fans went on the rampage in both the city and the stadium.
Feyenoord has now been ‘excluded from all UEFA competitions for the season 2006/07, including the current UEFA Cup in which the club had progressed from the group stage to face England’s Tottenham Hotspur in the round of 32,’ UEFA said in a statement.
Feyenoord was also ordered to contact AS Nancy about paying damages following last year’s incidents.
Trainer Erwin Koeman said he was deeply disappointed by the ban. ‘It is extremely disappointing for the players and the club. Everyone was looking forward to the two matches against Spurs,’ he said.
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