No Mercy for Rijeka: UEFA Punishes Club with No Fans, 40K Euro Fine

Daniela Rogulj

UEFA has punished Rijeka for their fan incidents in the match against AC Milan at San Siro on September 28, 2017.

Croatian football hooliganism has been put in the spotlight once again as UEFA punishes Rijeka for fan incidents in their Europa League group stage match against AC Milan last month. reports the details on October 20, 2017. 

Due to flares thrown by Rijeka’s fan group Armada in the second round of the Europa League competition at San Siro, Rijeka has been sanctioned to a 40,000 EUR fine by UEFA.

And that is not all.

Rijeka has also been punished with no fans against AEK Athens in Greece on November 23, 2017. 

Unfortunately, the story does not end here. During Rijeka’s away match in Vienna against Austria Wein on Thursday, the Armada fan group showcased another display of flares – forcing the club to anticipate even more punishments in the future.

If you recall, Rijeka celebrated a 1:3 victory against Austria Wien in Vienna last Thursday, inching them closer to the second place spot in their Europa League group. Armada’s behavior, however, could cost the club new penalties for their upcoming matches against Milan and Austria at Rujevica.

In the next round of the Europa League competition, the same rivals will meet but at opposite stadiums. Rijeka will host Austria at Rujevica, while AEK and Milan will play at Olympic Stadium in Athens. Both games are scheduled for November 2, 2017. 

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