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 By Ian Holyman
Jul 22, 2014

PSG punished for Chelsea fan abuse

The punishment handed down by UEFA relates to the Champions League game between PSG and Chelsea on April 2.

UEFA has told Paris Saint-Germain they must close part of their Parc des Princes stadium for their next Champions League game after the French club's fans abused handicapped Chelsea supporters.

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PSG will not be allowed to provide entry to their supporters in sections 104 and 105 of their own stadium when they host their next Champions League group stage match after UEFA's Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body found a group of their fans guilty of abusing handicapped Chelsea counterparts during the two teams' quarterfinal first leg on April 2.

Blues' fans reported being pelted with chewing gum, coins and a bottle during their team's 3-1 defeat in the French capital.

PSG risked a range of punishments from a simple fine to being forced to stage a Champions League match behind closed doors.

Lisa Hayden, a wheelchair user and Chelsea season ticket holder, told BBC Sport that her experience at the stadium was like "sitting in hell," saying: "It was very threatening. I felt we didn't stand a chance in there and that someone was going to get seriously injured."

The reigning French champions reacted strongly to the punishment, claiming UEFA had acted unfairly, and indicated they would appeal against the decision.

"Paris Saint-Germain is indignant at this unfounded punishment handed out by UEFA's Disciplinary Commission," a forthright statement on the club's official website read. "Paris Saint-Germain, surprised and shocked by this unfair decision, has asked UEFA to transmit the reasons behind it, an indispensable step in the appeals procedure."

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