Tuesday 27 September 2016

Legia Warsaw awarded 3-0 Europa League win after player was struck by a stone

Published 04/08/2015 | 12:05

Legia Warsaw's Ondrej Duda is removed from the pitch after being struck by a stone
Legia Warsaw's Ondrej Duda is removed from the pitch after being struck by a stone

Legia Warsaw have been awarded a 3-0 win in the first leg of their Europa League qualifier against FK Kukesi.

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The match in Albania last Thursday was abandoned after 51 minutes when Legia's Ondrej Duda was hit by a stone thrown from the crowd as his team celebrated taking a 2-1 lead.

Both teams were charged over the behaviour of supporters but, as Legia predicted on Twitter immediately after the abandonment, the match has been forfeited by Kukesi.

The second leg of the third qualifying round tie will go ahead as scheduled in Warsaw this Thursday.

The verdict from UEFA's Control, Ethics and Disciplinary body also sees Kukesi fined 70,000 euros (£49,000) and ordered to play their next home game in UEFA competition behind closed doors.

A sanction of a second behind-closed-doors match was suspended for two years.

A statement on uefa.org read: "The UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body has decided to declare the match FK Kukesi against Legia Warszawa as forfeited. As a consequence, FK Kukesi is deemed to have lost the first leg 3-0.

"In addition, the Albanian club has been ordered to play their next two UEFA competition home matches behind closed doors. The second match behind closed doors is deferred for a probationary period of two years.

"FK Kukesi have also been fined 70,000 euros.

"The return leg will take place on 6 August in Warsaw."

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