Olympique Marseilles have threat of European ban lifted on appeal

September 11 – UEFA has lifted its threat to ban Olympique de Marseille from European competition if there is a repeat of the violence which marred their Europa League campaign last season.

UEFA has reduced the sanction following an appeal, meaning a suspended ban from playing in European competition no longer applies.

The Ligue 1 club had been given a one-year ban from playing in the next European competition for which they qualified, deferred for two years, after they were found guilty of breaching UEFA rules in four Europa League matches last season.

They were charged with crowd disturbances, acts of damage, setting off of fireworks, throwing of objects and a delayed kick-off, spanning their last-eight meeting at home to RB Leipzig, both legs of the semi-final with Salzburg and the final against Atletico Madrid in Lyon.

Marseille appealed against the decision and UEFA’s appeal committee handed down a new ruling on Monday under which last season’s Europa League runners-up still have to play their next two home European match behind closed doors, the second deferred for a probationary period of two years.

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