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Lausanne fined over UEFA Cup trouble

Dutch referee Roelof Luinge had a busy night in Lausanne


Lausanne football club have been fined SFr 18,000 ($10,700) for three separate incidents during this month's UEFA Cup matches against the French team Nantes.

The Swiss side were fined SFr 3,000 due to the bad behaviour of supporters during the first leg game in Nantes. UEFA imposed two more fines of SFr 8,000 and SFr 7,000 because of the number of red and yellow cards handed out to Lausanne players in the two matches.

After the second leg home defeat which ended Lausanne's run in the competition, the Swiss club accused the Dutch referee of being overzealous. The official sent off two Lausanne players, Cédric Horjak and Daniel Puce, ten minutes from the end of the game.

Aside from the fines for bad behaviour, Lausanne will have to pay an extra SFr 5,000 after a photographer breached technical rules by stepping onto the playing area.

Combined with the lost revenue that a place in the fourth round would have brought the club, the UEFA Cup tie certainly proved to be an expensive one for Lausanne. Arguably the biggest price, though, was paid by former coach Pierre-André Schürmann who was sacked by the club one week after the defeat.

swissinfo with agencies

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