Paris Saint-Germain to partially close stadium in next European match

European football governing body UEFA has told Paris St-Germain to partially close their stadium for their next European match as punishment for fan disturbances during their Champions League last 16 tie with Real Madrid.

PSG lost the match 2-1 earlier this month, which saw defending champions Real progress to the quarter-finals with a 5-2 aggregate victory.

The result also meant that the club has now gone out at the last 16 phase of Europe’s most prestigious club competition for two seasons in a row, which in turn led to disgruntled behaviour amongst their fans.

The match official of the game, German referee Felix Brych, had to stop the game on two occasions due to the excessive amount of smoke on the pitch from the flares, harming the visibility of officials and players during the 2-1 loss to Real.

PSG’s Ultra supporters were also said to have set off flares near the hotel Real were staying at in the French capital the night before the game, prompting a complaint from the Spanish side to UEFA. However, the organization made no reference to this in its statement.

UEFA said on Thursday that the Ligue 1 club has been ordered to shut down the entire North Stand of the Parc des Princes in their next European fixture, with the club also being fined £37,000 by the organization.

Among the charges that led to those sanctions were the setting off of fireworks, the use of a laser pointer and the blocking of stairways. There was also an initial charge of lack of body searches, although UEFA said it had been dropped.

PSG’s Ligue 1 rivals, Olympique de Marseille, were also banned from selling tickets to their fans for their next European away match, which will be at RB Leipzig in the Europa League quarter-finals on April 5, after crowd trouble at their match away to Athletic Bilbao last week.

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