Rangers have been handed a fine of around £5000 (€6000) after objects were thrown in their recent group-defining UEFA Europa League match with Sparta Prague.
The Ibrox side entered the grudge match with the Czech team knowing that winning by a two-goal margin would be enough to guarantee a spot in the competition’s knockout round.
Thankfully, it wound up 2-0 to the good guys courtesy of an Alfredo Morelos double but UEFA have now handed the Gers a fine for fan behaviour on the night.
Whilst the ruling doesn’t make clear exactly what happened, Rangers aren’t the only ones to be fined by UEFA as their latest disciplinary body judgements prove.
Here’s what the latest rulings say about the Rangers incident:
Incidents and decision:
• Throwing of objects, Art. 16(2)(b) DR
Ø Fine: €6,000
Rangers join clubs such as Old Firm rivals Celtic, Legia Warsaw and Real Betis in being fined in the Europa League, whilst Champions League sides such as Bayern Munich, Sevilla and Atalanta have also been handed a UEFA fine.
Issues can range from crowd disturbances, to the use of fireworks, to fans invading the field of play, with UEFA notoriously fine-happy.
Rangers handed UEFA fine but Europa League progress hands Gers fortune
Rangers may be counting the cost of another UEFA fine – the Gers were handed a €5250 for something similar away to Brondby – but they’re also counting the success of qualification.
The Ibrox side have made the knockout stages of a revamped UEFA Europa League after finishing second in a group containing Sparta Prague, Brondby and Lyon.
As a result of prize money alone, the Gers have managed to rake in an impressive £2.33m in Group A prize money on top of the £3.1m they get for group stage participation.
In short, whilst Rangers would rather avoid it, the £5k UEFA fine barely touches the side of the near £5.5m in prize money the club has already earned in the Europa League.
On top of that, Rangers have a glamour tie against Borussia Dortmund to look forward to in the next round of the competition.