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Pep Guardiola “doesn’t understand” attack on City team bus by Reds fans

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Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola said that he “doesn’t understand” the attack on the City team bus by Liverpool fans after their Champions League quarter-final first-leg match.

After the match ended in a 3-0 away defeat for City, Guardiola said that preventative action should have been taken as police ‘knew it was going to happen”.

Liverpool apologised and called the behaviour “completely unacceptable”; although no Blues players or staff were injured two police officers were hurt and the coach was left unsafe to be driven.

Liverpool said in their statement: “We apologise unreservedly to Pep Guardiola, his players, staff and officials. The priority now is to establish the facts and offer Manchester City whatever support is necessary.”

Before the game, Liverpool disseminated information regarding the routes of the team buses and asked their supporters “to gather to show their passion and support for the team… in a friendly, respectful and considerate manner”, but by the time the City team bus went past the stadium, a large crowd had gathered outside and cans, bottles and flares were thrown.

Guardiola said he “did not expect” for such an incident to happen and referenced the attack on the Borussia Dortmund’s team bus last April, which left defender Marc Bartra injured.

“Normally when the police know it is going to happen, they tried to avoid it from happening,” said the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach. “One year ago something happened in Dortmund. We come here to play football and I don’t understand this kind of situation.”

“The bus is destroyed but I did not expect a prestigious club like Liverpool doing this kind of thing. It is not Liverpool, it is the people, maybe one, two or three, but hopefully it does not happen again.”

Champions League organizers and governing body UEFA are waiting to receive reports before deciding whether to open a disciplinary case.

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

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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.

Besiktas charged by UEFA after cat wanders into pitch

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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.

Samir Nasri handed six-month ban for doping violation

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Former France international Samir Nasri has been banned from football for six months for an anti-doping violation dating from 2016.

UEFA says Nasri has been found guilty of using a “prohibited method” in violation of the World Anti-Doping Code as well as UEFA’s own anti-doping regulations.

The European football’s governing body, which opened disciplinary proceedings against the Frenchman on March 6 last year, said in a statement on Tuesday afternoon: “The player Samir Nasri has been found guilty for using a prohibited method in accordance with sub-section M2, par. 2 of the WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) prohibited list.

“In this context, the CEDB (control, ethics and disciplinary body) has decided to suspend Samir Nasri for six months for violation of the World Anti-doping Code and the Uefa anti-doping regulations.

“This decision was taken on 22 February and is open to appeal.”

A Los Angeles clinic, Drip Doctors, posted a photo of Nasri on its Facebook and Twitter accounts in December 2016, saying it provided him with a drip “to help keep him hydrated and in top health during his busy soccer season.”

He was playing at Spanish team Sevilla at the time, on loan from Manchester City, when he received 500 millilitres of hydration in the form of sterile water containing micronutrient components on December 26, 2016, while on holiday.

Wada rules state there is a 50 millilitre infusion limit per six-hour period for active athletes. A request by Sevilla for a retroactive therapeutic use exemption (TUE) for Nasri was refused in February 2017 by UEFA, whose decision was later upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Nasri is currently without a club after recently having his contract terminated at Antalyaspor in Turkey.