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Fri Apr 25 01:58:28 SAST 2014

City fined for being late

Sapa-AP | 12 April, 2012 09:220 Comments
Manchester City FC v Sporting Lisbon - UEFA Europa League Round of 16
Mario Balotelli of Man City speaks with manager Roberto Mancini during the Europa League round of 16 second leg match between Manchester City and Sporting Lisbon at Etihad Stadium on March 15, 2012 in Manchester, England
Image by: Shaun Botterill / Getty Images

Manchester City was fined 30,000 euros ($39,400) by UEFA on Wednesday for returning to the field late in a Europa League match against Sporting Lisbon.

The start of the second half was delayed after City returned to the Jose Alvalade Stadium pitch about a minute late.

City lost the first leg of the round of 16 fixture 1-0 and went out on away goals after only winning the second leg 3-2.

The fine is more than the 20,000 euros ($26,300) FC Porto received after its fans aimed racist abuse at Manchester City players during a Europa League match in February. Mario Balotelli and Yaya Toure, who are both black, reported hearing abusive chants.

English football’s anti-racism group said City’s fine was out of proportion compared with the punishment for the racism at Porto.

“This fine (for City) does nothing to help UEFA’s reputation in relation to how it tackles discrimination in football,” said Herman Ouseley, chairman of Kick It Out. “We’ve seen significant punishments meted out in the past but, as an organization, the line it takes on such matters has lacked consistency.

“With the European Championship looming (in Poland and Ukraine), and the potential flashpoints which may occur during the tournament with right-wing groups in eastern Europe, this seems to conflict with the strong anti-racism message UEFA should be promoting.” 

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