Everton and Hajduk fined for crowd trouble

Friday 22 September 2017  5 Comments  [Jump to last]
Both Everton and Hajduk Split have been fined by Uefa for the crowd disturbances that disrupted the first leg of the two clubs' Europa League playoff match at Goodison Park last month.

The Blues were fined €10,000 and Hajduk €40,000 for the incidents that held up play for four minutes during the first half of the game when away fans spilled out of their section and tried to gain access to the Park End.

Everton's fine is for supporters throwing objects at Croatian fans. Hajduk Split, meanwhile, have 30 days to contact Everton and reimburse the club for damage caused by their fans which included ripped up seats.  

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Will Mabon
1 Posted 23/09/2017 at 07:08:21
The answer is always money, and often taken from both sides. Easier to blame both than one or neither.

All well and good fining the clubs, but is there a statement as to why, where they failed? What are the clubs supposed to do?

Drew O'Neall
2 Posted 23/09/2017 at 07:37:14
Will – I would have thought Hajduk failed by not identifying the section of their support renowned for violence and intimidation to the police and Everton so they could be denied access to the stadium.

Everton failed in allowing Hajduk supporters to bring in bottles and other objects which could be used as missiles.

At least Hajduk's reparation is comensurate with their fans' part in the incident. I assumed the ineffectual UEFA would hand out a 50/50 fine.

Will Mabon
3 Posted 23/09/2017 at 08:10:41
Drew, I know what you're saying – but how is a football club to be held totally responsible for this, and why? How does a football club identify who's good and bad, and who the tickets get to?

The Police Force, sorry, "Service" (hmm) used to deal with this, and were paid for from local taxation. Then clubs had to pay for the police, though I don't remember a tax rebate. Then the two grand per hour helicopters appeared overhead. Now clubs are responsible for matters pertaining to criminal behaviour, and preventing it, but not the police?

There's only so much that can be realistically done by the clubs.

Garry Corgan
4 Posted 23/09/2017 at 11:33:25
It's an absolute joke that Everton were fined at all given the circumstances.

And what's a €40,000 fine, even to Hajduk? If you want to stop this kind of thing, you have to hit them hard.

Peter Lee
5 Posted 26/09/2017 at 14:28:35
Thorough searches, pyro detecting dogs and ID to match names on tickets. I have been subject to these at away games this season here and abroad. Not all at once admittedly but it can be done.

Man Utd don't allow any bags and have a place to deposit them if you bring them. Pity it wasn't common knowledge, those that knew didn't bring them.

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