English Premier League (EPL) side Everton and their Croatian counterparts Hadjuk Split have been sanctioned by European football’s governing body, UEFA, following the crowd trouble that marred the UEFA Europa League (UEL) play-off game at Goodison Park last month.
The game ended 2-0 in favour of Everton but the match was soiled with violence after Hajduk fans surged towards the pitch and threw objects forcing play to stop in the 33rd minute on August 17, 2017.
The Croatian club have been fined £35,348 by UEFA, while Everton will also have to pay £8,837 for their part in the crowd trouble.
The Merseyside club eventually qualified for the UEL group stage after winning 3-1 on aggregate following a 1-1 draw on the 2nd leg in Croatia.
Aside the fine, Hajduk have also been ordered to contact Everton within 30 days so as to pay “for the settlement of the damages caused by its supporters”. A lot of seats were damaged while the crowd trouble lasted.
In a related development, Russian side Spartak Moscow have been fined £53,000 and also banned from selling tickets to fans for the next UEFA Champions League (UCL) match at Sevilla on November 1, 2017 as punishment for the flare that was fired at the centre referee during the club’s 1-1 draw at Slovenian side Maribor on September 13.
Sevilla boss Eduardo Berizzo also came under the heavy hammer after he was suspended for one UCL match following his dismissal for throwing the ball away in the Spanish side’s 2-2 draw at Liverpool on September 13.