UEFA’s investigation into the Lille vs Manchester United 2nd round Champions League game has reached an end, and both Lille and Manchester United have been fined.
Lille receive a 100,000 Swiss Francs fine (half, or less, of Rio’s weekly wages) for “breaches of security provisions and lack of proper organisation, as well as for the improper conduct of the team after United’s goal in the English side’s 1-0 victory.”
Manchester United have also been fined (15,000 Swiss Francs) for “improper conduct of their fans at the game, which included the setting-off of fireworks and disturbances at the entrance to the stadium.”
Both clubs have 3 days to appeal (after receiving written reports on the decisions taken by the UEFA Control and Disciplinary Body.
UEFA used the match officials’ report, report by the UEFA disciplinary inspector, written evidence submitted by both Lille and Manchester United, video evidence from the stadium and the match as references in reaching their decision.
Since we don’t know the details (oh, how I’d love to get my hands on one of such documents), I think it’s fair to give the benefit of the doubt to UEFA and say that they reached the right decision. Lille, in retrospect, got off lightly, especially for their ‘walking off’.
As far as the stadium and the fan ruckus is concerned, it has more to do with the ground itself (owned by Lens, not Lille) than the clubs.
So – shock! horror! – Manchester United fans aren’t saints after all 🙂[Source: UEFA]