Monday 23 April 2018

Liverpool hit with fine over crowd trouble at Europa final

Police inside the ground before the UEFA Europa League Final at St. Jakob-Park, Basel
Police inside the ground before the UEFA Europa League Final at St. Jakob-Park, Basel

Jamie Holland

Liverpool have been fined €16,000 by UEFA following crowd trouble before and during their UEFA Europa League final against Sevilla in Basle in May.

UEFA's Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body announced the sanction which related specifically to crowd disturbances, the setting-off of fireworks during the game, and an illicit banner.

Sevilla, who won the match 3-1, were fined €17,000 for their part, which involved crowd disturbances and the throwing of objects.

A small numbers of supporters clashed behind one of the goals shortly before kick-off, with many fans blaming poor segregation for the problems.

There was also criticism of UEFA's choice of the St Jakob-Park stadium, which with its capacity of just 35,000 was the smallest chosen to host a major European final.

Elsewhere, Stoke have confirmed the signing of Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen.

The 26-year-old has put pen to paper on a five-year contract after the clubs agreed a fee, understood to be £13m.

Allen has struggled for playing time under Jurgen Klopp at Anfield, having been restricted to mainly Europa League appearances last season.

Meanwhile, West Ham defender Aaron Cresswell will miss the start of the season after being ruled out for up to four months with a knee injury yesterday.

The 26-year-old left-back, one of the Hammers' most consistent performers last term, suffered ligament damage in their pre-season friendly win over Karlsruher in Austria on Saturday.

Cresswell will see a specialist next week to determine whether or he requires surgery.

West Ham's medical chief Stijn Vandenbroucke said "Whatever course of action we take, Aaron faces a period of rest and rehab."

Irish Independent

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