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Barcelona could face sanctions from Spanish  authorities following  El Clasico

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The Catalans could face a penalty from Spanish authorities in the aftermath of El Clasico. After  referee Juan Martinez Munuera’s report, it revealed two dangerous events involving Barcelona fans.

Most importantly, El Clasico was stopped twice. The referee waited for an  announcement over the tannoy. The public address system requested that spectators to respect the players. Most importantly it requested fans to abstain from throwing objects.

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Barcelona Fans threw ‘lighters’ behind the Real Madrid goal 

According to the match reports by Diario AS ,

“In the 74th minute of the match, several lighters were thrown by the public located behind the Real Madrid goal without hitting any player.”

“Due to this, the match was stopped for a few minutes to announce over the public address system that these acts ceased.”

Six minutes later, however, an identical happening occurred, this time involving two bottles,  a euro coin, and three lighters. One of them hit Real Madrid goalie Thibaut Courtois.

“In the 80th minute of the game and during the celebration of a Real Madrid goal, two half-filled bottles of water fell from a sector of the stands without hitting any player. While 3 lighters and one fell on the Real Madrid goal. One euro coin, impacting the Real Madrid goalkeeper, without causing any damage and being able to continue without any problem.”

“Due to what was previously written, the meeting was stopped for a few minutes announcing it again over the public address system.”

Fortunately, it did not harm Courtois. It appears that the seriousness of the situation was lost  on the Barcelona fans. If the coin ended up on Courtois’ head, it could have had long-term  consequences for the Belgian.

Fine could go up to €6,000

The throwing of objects is a violation of Article 15 of the disciplinary code. In this situation, Barcelona may be liable for the ‘object throwing’. Unless it can demonstrate  that it took steps to prevent such incidents from occurring.

The fine could be up to €602 taking in account the severity of the incident. However, if the charge proved significant, the fine could be up to €6,000.  The club could face a partial closure of sporting facilities for a match.

In conclusion, It is unclear whether Barcelona will face punishment for the violations. But according to @mundodeportivo : “Barcelona will be fined for their fans throwing lighters on the pitch.”

In addition one year ago FC Barcelona paid a penalty of €602. A minor sum after a fan threw a lighter during the Rayo Vallecano match. If the disciplinary committee finds the event to be substantial, it is possible that Barça may  face a €3,000 sanction and a warning for the closure of Camp Nou. Furthermore,additional  disputes  with the authorities or potential financial penalties are also troubling Barcelona.

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