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Brisbane fined by AFC for breaking Champions League regulations

Thomas Kristensen
Brisbane Roar have been fined for not properly looking after AFC match officials in April.

Brisbane Roar have been fined more than AU$17,000 for breaking strict regulations around AFC Champions League matches -- including a failure to provide adequate meals to referees and match officials.

The sanctions, handed down by the Asian Football Confederation on Friday night, are for two separate breaches of protocol relating to the Roar's home clash with Japanese side Kashima Antlers at Suncorp Stadium in April.

The Roar were fined US$3,000 for letting two photographers onto the field of play without AFC permission and a further US$10,000 for not properly feeding a six-person AFC delegation.

Under AFC rules, the Roar were required to provide three "international buffet style" meals at their own cost to the group, which included five referees and the match commissioner, each day from their arrival in Brisbane to the day after the match.

Fox Sports presenter Adam Peacock claimed on Twitter, however, that the officials were offered the $80-per-day buffet but "blew up" that they weren't provided the $110 seafood buffet.

The fine was for 20 percent of the Roar's allocated "match subsidy" of US$50,000, which is paid by the AFC to the winner of any group stage match.

Craig Johnston says there is a grass roots problem with Australian football, with not enough talent coming through.

In total, the fines are heavier than those imposed on Thai club Muangthong United for the incident that led to Roar goalkeeper Jamie Young's horrific arm injury.

The AFC also slapped Muangthong with a US$10,000 fine on Friday for using goalposts that failed to comply with the laws of the game and posed a danger to players.

Young's forearm was cut open by an exposed hook on the goalframe at the SCG Stadium in their match on April 26 after colliding into the post as he tracked a shot on goal, and needed 26 stitches to repair the damage.

It put him in serious doubt for the Roar's A-League semifinal against Melbourne Victory a few days later but he was able to recover in time.

The Roar quickly filed an official complaint with the AFC while Muangthong were roundly condemned by managing director Mark Kingsman and Professional Footballers Australia for putting the health and safety of players at risk.

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