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Arsenal, Bayern fined for troublesome fans

Bayern Munich’s Brazilian defender Rafinha clears the pitch of toilet roll before the Champions League last 16 second-leg against Arsenal at The Emirates Stadium in London on March 7, 2017 © AFP/File / Ben STANSALL

NYON, Switzerland, Mar 24Arsenal and Bayern Munich were on Friday fined by UEFA for their fans behaviour during this month’s Champions League last-16 clash at the Emirates Stadium.

European football’s governing body had opened disciplinary proceedings the day after the game which was held up by toilet paper thrown on the pitch and a fan who ran onto the playing surface.

Arsenal have been fined €5,000 ($5,400) for a “field invasion” during the match, while Bayern must pay €3,000 ($3,240) for the throwing of objects by their fans.

“The charges against Arsenal FC were related to the field invasions by supporters,” UEFA said in a statement.

“The charges against FC Bayern Munich were related to the throwing of objects.”

Before the last-16 game at the Emirates, in which the English side were thrashed 5-1 to lose 10-2 on aggregate, fans of the German giants held up a banner reading, “Without fans football is not worth a penny,” in protest at the cost of ticket prices.

In the early stages of the game they threw a toilet roll onto the pitch causing the game to be briefly delayed.

Towards the end, there was another hold-up when a supporter evaded stewards to run onto the playing area.

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