UEFA fines clubs for racism26 November 2004

UEFA’s Appeals Body have slapped Czech club AC Sparta Praha with a €40,000 fine after their fans racially abused Olympique Lyonnais players during a UEFA Champions League match on 29 September 2004. UEFA’s Control & Disiplinary Body originally fined Sparta €33,000 on 7 October, but Sparta appealed and after reconsidering the offences, UEFA increased the fine.

Sevilla FC suffered a similar fate with their appeal against a UEFA fine. The Spanish club were originally fined €10,000 for racist chants and the setting off of fireworks during their UEFA Cup match against CD Nacional on 15 September 2004. The club claimed that only a small number of fans were involve in racist chanting, but after investigation by UEFA their fine was increased €21,000.