Olimpija awaiting European Football Federation penalty: How will UEFA ‘evaluate’ the bottle that flew into the referee?
Thursday night was rather dismal for the only Slovenian club representative in the group stage of European competitions. Olimpija played at half-empty Stožice stadium in the conference league against Slovan and suffered its second consecutive defeat (0:1). To make matters worse for the Ljubljana club’s management, an incident occurred at the end of the match that could have cost the Dragons dearly.
In 77th minute of the Olimpija – Slovan match, a bottle flew from the main stand towards the side referee. It was thrown by a visitor to the country’s biggest stadium, who also hit a flag-bearing justice worker with it. Nothing serious happened, but the match was abandoned and the incident was no doubt recorded by the official delegate.
That Olimpija will find it difficult to escape punishment is not far from the truth. The only question is how drastic it will be. It should be recalled that Olimpija has already been in the grip of UEFA this year, due to a fan invasion after the end of the qualifying match against Ludogorets. This time, of course, the offence was of a different nature, so it will be interesting to see whether UEFA will also refer to the aforementioned fans’ on-field antics in its punishment.
In the past, UEFA has more often than not fined clubs for incidents of this kind .
This text was automatically translated using AI.