Arsenal will receive payment from PSV after UEFA’s triple punishment
UEFA handed PSV Eindhoven a hefty fine after crowd trouble during their Europa League clash against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium last week. The Gunners will receive significant compensation to cover damages caused by visiting fans.
Following Arsenal’s 1-0 victory in north London, all but guaranteeing first place in Group A, PSV fans disbanded, throwing chairs and flares from the Emirates away section. UEFA charged the Dutch Eredivisie giants the next day and have now confirmed their heavy punishment.
PSV have been fined £34,700 (€40,000) and are now banned from selling tickets for the first leg against Bodo/Glimt next Thursday. They also have 30 days to send Arsenal payment for damage caused by their supporters.
A statement on Thursday read: “UEFA Europa League group stage match between Arsenal FC and PSV Eindhoven (1:0), played on October 20 in London.
“Decision: Fine PSV Eindhoven €40,000 and ban PSV Eindhoven from selling tickets to their away supporters for the next (1) UEFA competition match, for throwing objects, crowd disturbance and acts of damage.
“Order PSV Eindhoven to contact Arsenal FC within 30 days for settlement of damages caused by their supporters, i.e. for damaged seats.”
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On Thursday night, it is Arsenal’s turn to travel to Eindhoven as they look to confirm their status as Group A winners and avoid an overwhelming play-off round against one of the third-place Champions League sides. A tie would be enough for Mikel Arteta’s men to remain unattainable on the last day of next week.
The Gunners will be looking to bounce back after an uninspiring second-half display that saw them fall to a 1-1 draw at Southampton at the weekend, losing ground at the top of the Premier League. Arteta hopes his team can replicate their ‘domination’ of the home game against PSV in what should be a wild atmosphere at the Philips Stadion.
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After full time at the Emirates, he told BT Sport: “We had really good times and were really dominant against a really good team. I think we just missed that final pass or shot. But we’re really happy to win.” the game, and us [have] qualified, which is the first step.
“In Europe you have to control the opposition. They are very talented, they are used to winning and the number of goals they have scored is incredible. We were very calm and mature. When you have the opportunity in Europe, you have to take advantage of the difference between finishing first and second is big, and we want to get the job done.
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