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BSC Young Boys ordered to contact Manchester City over Etihad Stadium damages alongside significant UEFA fine



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Manchester City are now expecting contact from UEFA Champions League opponents BSC Young Boys following damages to the Etihad Stadium earlier this month.

The reigning Champions of Europe met Young Boys in the reverse fixture in this season’s Champions League group stage on 7 November, with Pep Guardiola’s side coming out 3-0 victors over the 90 minutes.

Erling Haaland continued his hot streak of scoring form in Europe’s premier club competition by scoring a brace, while Phil Foden added to a scoreline that could have been so much worse for the Switzerland club.

Manchester City registered a staggering 27 shots on goal at the Etihad Stadium, pairing those attempts with 72% ball possession, with Young Boys offering zero shots in return and very little in the way of challenges on Ederson’s goal.

Young Boys’ excitement came off the pitch, with their travelling support offering a hostile atmosphere in the away section of the Etihad Stadium, with fireworks and flares let off during the second-half of the game.

However, those attempts to spur on their team have now been met by punishment from European football’s chief governing body, with the Bern-based club receiving significant fines from UEFA.

As confirmed in their latest round of disciplinary findings, BSC Young Boys will be fined a total of €38,250 by UEFA following crowd disturbances during their 3-0 defeat by Manchester City earlier this month.

UEFA have confirmed that Young Boys will be fined an initial €10,000 and be banned from selling tickets to its away supporters for its next UEFA competition match as a result of crowd disturbances against Manchester City.

It has been further detailed by UEFA that said ban on selling tickets to away supporters is suspended for a probationary period of two years, starting from the date of the present decision.

Additional fines issued to the Swiss club are as follows: €20,250 for the lighting of fireworks, €3,000 for the throwing of objects, and a further €5,000 for acts of damage caused by Young Boys’ travelling support.

Finally, UEFA have also stated that BSC Young Boys have been ordered to contact Manchester City within 30 days for the ‘settlement of the damages caused’ by supporters, ‘i.e. for the broken seats and the damaged toilet blocks in the away sector’.

Manchester City have booked their place in the last-16 of the UEFA Champions League with two games to spare in the group stage, and return to action in their defence of their European crown next week.

Pep Guardiola and his players host Bundesliga giants RB Leipzig as they look to cement top spot in their group, before visiting Serbian club Crvena zvezda in Belgrade in December on matchday six.