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UEFA order El-Nenny’s Basel to play behind closed doors in Europe
The UEFA Control and Disciplinary Body reached the decision after FC Basel fans threw objects onto the pitch during their second leg round of 16 encounter with Salzburg in Austria. The incidents involving Basel supporters resulted in the referee taking the players off the field during the first half of the match which the Swiss team came out victorious on aggregate 1-2.
Therefor, Mohamed El-Nenny’s team has to play its next two matches – the first match applies to next Thursday’s UEFA Europa League quarter-final first leg in Basel against Valencia CF, while the second match is deferred for a probationary period of two years, without the help of their supporters.
In addition to that, the Swiss side have been fined the amount of €107,000 for the actions of the supporters.
This is not the first time Basel have been involved in a controversial incident as earlier in the season their UEFA Champions league group stage match against Schalke 04 was halted due to Greenpeace activists abseil from the stadium roof midway through the first half.