Danish federation appeals UEFA ban

Updated: 13 June 2007 13:52 IST

The Danish soccer federation appealed on Monday against the sanctions it received after a European Championship qualifier was abandoned.

Danish federation appeals UEFA ban
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Nyon, Switzerland:

The Danish soccer federation appealed on Monday against the sanctions it received after a European Championship qualifier was abandoned because a fan attacked the referee.

Last Friday, UEFA's Control and Disciplinary Body awarded Sweden a 3-0 victory over Denmark, fined the Danish federation $81,000 and ordered the team to play its next four home qualifiers at least 250 kilometers from Copenhagen.

Denmark's match against Liechtenstein on September 12 must also be played in an empty stadium, UEFA said.

Denmark midfielder Christian Poulsen was also suspended for three competitive international matches for punching Sweden striker Markus Rosenberg in the stomach during the June 2 match.

German referee Herbert Fandel abandoned the Group F match with the score level at 3-3 after a Danish fan ran onto the field and tried to grab him. The attack came moments after Fandel had given a red card to Poulsen and awarded a penalty to Sweden.

Sweden has 18 points in Group F, three more than Spain. Denmark is in fourth place, eight points behind.

The Parken stadium in Copenhagen is expected to lose approximately $3.2 million in income for all four games if the ban stands.

Topics : Football Denmark
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