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Feyenoord announces it will appeal ejection from UEFA Cup

Feyenoord announces it will appeal ejection from UEFA Cup

Feyenoord confirmed Friday it has appealed its ejection from the UEFA Cup to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Feyenoord was expelled by UEFA from Europe's second-tier club competition on Jan. 19 after its fans fought and smashed windows at French club Nancy before throwing seats during a 3-0 loss on Nov. 30.
The Dutch club was due to play Tottenham in the round of 32 on Feb. 14 and 22, but Spurs were given a bye by UEFA on Thursday.
"Based on the facts, we believe that we as a club are not guilty," Feyenoord financial director Onno Jacobs said in a statement. "We want to have the decision ... judicially tested because we have the feeling that Feyenoord has been unjustly treated with this punishment."
Police lobbed tear gas in Marcel-Picot Stadium, forcing the referee to stop the match in the 80th minute because it was affecting the players. The players returned to the field about 20 minutes later and completed the match.
Feyenoord argued that the fans were not part of its official group of supporters and told UEFA that they had warned French authorities that some fans could be traveling to Nancy without club approval.
Jacobs said Feyenoord would continue to prepare for the first match.
"We will push the Court of Arbitration for Sport for a quick decision," Jacobs said.


Updated : 2021-02-28 09:01 GMT+08:00