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Lyon and Besiktas handed suspended bans

Lyon and Besiktas have been handed suspended bans from European competition following the crowd disturbances which marred their Europa League match last Thursday.

Tension between rival supporters in the east-central French city spilled into the Parc OL before the scheduled 2005 BST kick-off time, with a barrage of projectiles from the upper tiers forcing fans on to the pitch and casting the viability of the fixture into doubt.

The trouble eventually abated and the teams were able to start the game 45 minutes later than planned, with Lyon recovering to beat the Turkish champions 2-1 in the quarter-final’s first leg.

UEFA subsequently launched action against both clubs and on Wednesday - a little over 24 hours before the second leg in Istanbul - announced bans for both clubs, suspended for two years. The clubs have also been fined €100,000 each, UEFA said.

A UEFA control, ethics and disciplinary body (CEBD) statement said Lyon’s charges were “related to crowd disturbances, setting off of fireworks, stairways blocked, insufficient organisation and field invasion by supporters after their second goal”.

The charges against Besiktas were “related to crowd disturbances, setting off of fireworks and throwing of objects”.

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