AEK Athens to reimburse Bayern for ticket-price violation, Greek FA fined

AEK Athens to reimburse Bayern for ticket-price violation, Greek FA fined

Greek champions AEK Athens were ordered to reimburse Bayern Munich 32,880 euros (US$37,144) for a ticket price violation in their Champions League Game in Athens in October, European soccer's governing body said on Friday.

FILE PHOTO: A logo is pictured on a backdrop before a news conference after an UEFA Executive Board
FILE PHOTO: A logo is pictured on a backdrop before a news conference after an UEFA Executive Board meeting in Nyon, Switzerland, December 9, 2016. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/File Photo

ATHENS: Greek champions AEK Athens were ordered to reimburse Bayern Munich 32,880 euros (US$37,144) for a ticket price violation in their Champions League Game in Athens in October, European soccer's governing body said on Friday.

UEFA said its control, ethics and disciplinary body had ordered AEK to pay Bayern 10 euros for each of the 3,288 tickets sold to away fans "for the difference of the ticket prices between home and away supporters."

It also warned AEK over the ticket price violation.

The Greek team were eliminated in the competition's group stage. They lost 2-0 to Bayern in Athens on Oct. 23.

In a separate case UEFA fined the Greek Football Federation 10,000 euros for racist behaviour by Greece fans during their team's 1-0 defeat to Estonia in the Nations League last month.

Pictures from that match at Athens' Olympic stadium showed groups of home fans holding up a banner with a Nazi symbol while others burned a Turkish flag.

UEFA ordered parts of the stands closed for Greece's next match at Crete's Pankrition stadium and a banner to be displayed there with the wording “#EqualGame”, with the UEFA logo on it.

(US$1 = 0.8852 euros)

(Reporting by Karolos Grohmann; Editing by Toby Davis)

Source: Reuters

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