Posted: Wednesday February 27, 2013 3:12 PM

UEFA threatens Fenerbahce with European ban

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NYON, Switzerland (AP) -UEFA has threatened Fenerbahce with expulsion from one European club competition and ordered its stadium to be closed for a Europa League last-16 match after fans launched fireworks onto the pitch from outside the ground.

UEFA had already barred fans from Fenerbahce's 1-0 home win against BATE Borisov last Thursday when the match was delayed by a firework, carried by a tiny parachute, which landed among the players.

UEFA says a similar offense by Fenerbahce fans within a two-year probationary period will trigger a ban from either the Champions League or Europa League.

UEFA says Fenerbahce fans will be excluded for a second straight Europa League match when the team hosts Viktoria Plzen in a last-16, second leg match in Istanbul on March 14.

Fenerbahce was also fined ?60,000 ($79,000).
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