Lyon Must Play Behind Closed Doors

Lyon Must Play Behind Closed Doors
Lyon Must Play Behind Closed Doors

Lyon reacted to a UEFA ruling on Friday that it must play the next Champions League match behind closed doors by saying the team would appeal again, this time to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

The punishment was originally handed down in August following scenes of mob violence ahead of a Europa League home game against CSKA Moscow in March, AFP reported.

Lyon appealed to UEFA in August, but on Friday the governing body of European football announced that it had upheld the punishment, which also includes a second match behind closed doors if there is further trouble and a 100,000 euro ($117,000) fine.

Lyon led Champions League Group F after opening its campaign with a surprise victory at Manchester City on Wednesday. Next, the French club will face Shakhtar Donetsk at Parc OL stadium on October 2.

The punishment stems from a Europa League game in March. Before the game, a group of 100 hooded black-clad fans pelted police. Lyon then lost the match and was eliminated from the competition. One man was later sentenced to 18 months in jail and others received suspended sentences.

Lyon said in a statement that “following the match against CSKA Moscow, nine individuals involved in the incidents were sentenced thanks to the sophisticated surveillance system” at the stadium.

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