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UEFA bans Poland´s Legia after fan riot

11 July 2007 15:09

WARSAW (AFP) - European football's governing body UEFA has slapped a competition ban on Polish side Legia after a riot by its fans forced an Intertoto Cup match in Lithuania to be abandoned, the club said Wednesday.

The flagship Warsaw side will be barred from European matches for the current season and for one further season, should it manage to qualify for any continent-wide competition over the coming five years.

UEFA also ruled that match should be logged as a 3-0 win for hosts Vetra Vilnius, Legia said in a statement posted on its website.

"This is a painful punishment. We are going to appeal," Legia spokeswoman Monika Repizant told AFP. The club has until July 14 to do so.

"We are going to fight for the club to be able to take part in European cup matches in the 2008-2009 season," she said, adding that Legia "did not deserve" such a sanction.

With Vetra leading 2-0 after 45 minutes in Sunday's match, several hundred of the estimated 2,500 visitors wrecked the stands and invaded the pitch after the half-time whistle.

The Legia fans hurled concrete, bottles and flares at the around 200 police officers who were on duty at the ground, and ripped up advertising hoardings to to try to block the horses, tear gas and baton charges which the security forces used to bring them under control.

The riot caused around 21,000 euros (29,000 dollars) of damage at the stadium.

A total of 26 Legia supporters were arrested before and during the game. Ten were subsequently released.

On Tuesday, a Lithuanian court jailed seven fans for between five and 15 days, and ordered nine to pay fines of up to 300 litas (87 euros, 118 dollars).

Polish supporters, and Legia fans in particular, have gained a reputation for violence.

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Competition
UEFA Intertoto Cup
Date
8 July 2007
Kick-off
18:00
Full-time
3 - 0
On aggregate
3 - 0
Details

Suspended at 2-0, after Legia supporters invaded the pitch. UEFA stated 3-0 reglementory win.

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