Clubs appeal over fines14 December 2004

Real Madrid and Lazio have both lodged appeals with UEFA over the punishments handed to them for the behaviour of their fans.

Real were fined €9780 after their fans racially abused Bayer Laverkusen’s black players during their Champions League match. Broadcast live on TV, sections of the Real crowd could be seen making Nazi salutes. Campaigners have felt that the fine was an insignificant sum for a club the size of Real Madrid. However, UEFA have stated that this is Real’s first racist incident brought before them.

Lazio were ordered to play their next Champions League game behind closed doors after the racist abuse and crowd disturbances during their match against FK Partizan on 25 November 2004.

Real and Lazio should be cautious. UEFA have previously increased the fines of some clubs who have appealed their decisions and still been found guilty.