UEFA fines Wales and Galatasary, spare Arsenal
Wales’ fans really like Gareth Bale. So much so that they stormed the pitch after he scored a late game-winner in Andorra during Euro qualifying.
The fans’ antics will cost the Football Association of Wales as UEFA handed down fines for the incident that occurred in early September.
Andorra was also fined for failing to have sufficient organization inside the stadium, to go along with the criticism they received for playing on an artificial surface.
[ MORE: Gareth Bale slams artificial pitch ]
UEFA also fined Turkish club Galatasary for their fans’ behavior in their Champions League matchup against Arsenal. Flares were thrown onto the pitch at the Emirates in a match that saw Danny Welbeck net his first career hat trick.
[RELATED: Latest Champions League news]
Arsenal was originally charged for failing to adequately search fans that were able to bring flares into the stadium. However, UEFA dropped the charges against the Gunners and ordered Galatasary to pay over $60,000 in fines, as well as pay to repair the damage their fans caused to the Emirates.
Michel Platini and UEFA have been cracking down on off-the-pitch incidents, and have had their hands full with repeated acts of racism and discrimination by fans throughout Europe.
However, fining the clubs will have little effect on supporters’ behavior. The only way to truly punish fans would be to ban them from attending matches, similar to what was done with CSKA Moscow.