Besiktas charged by UEFA after cat wanders into pitch

Besiktas have been charged by Uefa after a cat was allowed to run on to the pitch during their Champions League defeat by Bayern Munich on Wednesday.

Bayern won 3-1 on the night and 8-1 on aggregate to progress to the quarter-finals, with fans of the German club humorously voting the cat as their man of the match.

The match was stopped early in the second half after the animal jumped from an advertising hoarding and ran to near a corner flag, just off the playing area, before leaping back into the stand.

The exact charge alleges “insufficient organisation” and was among three issued against the Turkish club by UEFA, and the case will be heard by UEFA’s disciplinary body on 31 May.

The other two relate to the throwing of objects and blocked stairways during Bayern’s 3-1 win, which took the German club through 8-1 on aggregate.

It was not the only UEFA issued in the Champions League this week, with Roma being charged for time-wasting by a ballboy who was pushed over an advertising board by Shakhtar Donetsk’s Facundo Ferreira. The player shoved the ballboy in response to a delay in returning the ball late in Roma’s 1-0 Champions League win on Tuesday.

Players clashed after the incident and Ferreira was booked, although the player apologised on Shakhtar’s Twitter account after the game.

Roma went through on away goals (2-2 on aggregate).

UEFA added that the case related to disciplinary rules governing ethical conduct and sportsmanship by club staff, with Roma also charged for fans lighting and throwing fireworks.

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