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UEFA Punish Us For Lille's Mistakes

UEFA Punish Us For Lille's Mistakes

Lille must pay £42,000 for insufficient security and organisation and for their ludicrous protest against Ryan Giggs' goal.

Of course, it's not the official appeals we're talking about but their team's shameful behaviour who even wanted to walk off the pitch. It's all right that they are punished - anyone who had been there or seen the events would agree that they totally failed with organising the match in a decrepit stadium.

However, after the treatment the United fans received from the French police, it's quite unfair that the Reds have been fined, too. It's not about the money of course, £6,300 won't exactly take the club into bankruptcy. But look at the reasons:

'Manchester United have been fined 15,000 Swiss francs for the improper conduct of their fans at the game, which included the setting-off of fireworks and disturbances at the entrance to the stadium,' UEFA's statement read.

Well, setting of fireworks happen at every European game so that's a peculiar argument. As for disturbances at the entrance: as far as I know, that was down to the systematic organisational failures of the hosts who rejected the idea of arranging the match for the Stade de France, a venue that fulfills all the requirements of the UEFA. They were asking for trouble and got it - but why is that United's fault?

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Date:Thursday March 22 2007
Time: 6:52PM


UEFA have in this outcome scored an own goal the reaction to the incidents by the French police was disproportionate and uefa's decision to play it at lens was flawed uefa and lille are solely to blame.
22/03/2007 18:56:00
totally agree with zae and sbrjack. they should never have played that at lens and can't expect the crowd to be peaceful when they are bullied by policemen
22/03/2007 19:02:00
Lens is a little mining-town while Paris is one of the greatest cities of Europe, with one of the greatest stadiums of Europe. They still took the match to Lens for a more intimidating environment so they should pay the price for the trouble their incompetence caused. Should pay more and United's fine is outrageous.
23/03/2007 08:25:00
One think that also struck me is the French have not learned one bit from France 1998 they have been heavy handed and their approach to stadium security is draconian to the British model.
23/03/2007 10:32:00
It was a bit like pre-Hillsborough England methinks.
26/03/2007 15:01:00
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