Cork City have been handed a fine by UEFA in relation to the use of smoke bombs during their Champions League clash with Legia Warsaw.
The Leesiders have been given a €3,000 sanction by European football’s governing body after a number of smoke bombs were set off at Turner’s Cross over the course of the 1-0 defeat to the Polish champions earlier this month.
City confirmed the news in a statement on the club’s website confirming the news, while also pointing out that this was the largest UEFA fine that the club had ever received – and warning that further sanctions were likely if the scene is repeated during the club’s Europa League campaign:
“Cork City FC this morning received a fine from UEFA for the use of smoke bombs at the Champions League home qualifying fixture on 10th July at Turner’s Cross. This fine is €3,000 and the largest fine the club has ever received. Upon receiving the UEFA report shortly after the game, detailing the use of 6 smoke bombs, the club appealed for leniency to UEFA based on several factors, including our excellent track record. We are certain that this kept the fine to a minimum.
“While this recent fixture was an historic night for the club, with success and praise for the operations and security of the game, this is a huge disappointment for the club.
“We are deeply frustrated and angered that the actions of a handful of individuals have resulted in a sanction that the club can ill afford. We are reviewing our match night operations and security, as we do throughout the season, and the UEFA report review will be a priority for us, particularly with our upcoming home Europa League fixture in August. Should there be a repeat of these, or any, pyrotechnics it is likely that the club will be sanctioned with an even higher fine. The club appeals to the fans for their cooperation to ensure this doesn’t occur.”
City have, on multiple occasions, implored fans not to use smoke bombs or flares in the crowd during matches. It is hoped that the financial hit that the club now has to take for the pleading to go unheeded, will finally get the message across.