UEFA sanction Athletic Club for Spartak Moscow clashesJune 11, 2018
UEFA have sanctioned Athletic Club for fan clashes during the Europa League clash with Spartak Moscow last season.
European football’s governing body has decided, in relation to the incidents surrounding the second leg of the Europa League Round of 16 played against FC Spartak Moskow, to impose a fine of 40,000 euros on the La Liga club.
Furthermore, the Basque club will be forced to reduce the capacity of their new European home game by 2,000 seats – two sanctions which have been appealed by the club.
It is not yet known what sanctions – Spartak will receive over the incidents.
Inocencio Alonso Garcia suffered a heart attack whilst on duty during the violent clashes, which saw more than 500 officers deployed for the Europa League second leg.
Five arrests were made as groups of Russian fans carrying weapons, clashed with home supporters, leading to Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy condemning the action.
The clashes came on the same day a Russian man was arrested for attacking an England fan during Euro 2016, whilst travelling to the game in Bilbao.
Despite the pre-match violence, the game still went ahead as Athletic progressed with a 4-3 win on aggregate but former coach Jose Angel Ziganda failed to get his side much further in the competition.