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UEFA fines Napoli ?150K for stadium failures


NYON, Switzerland (AP) -UEFA has fined Napoli ?150,000 ($194,000) for stadium failures, ignoring security directives and "inappropriate behavior" by fans at a Europa League match.

UEFA also threatened the Italian club with closing its Stadio San Paolo for one European competition match if problems are repeated within five years.

The sanctions follow Napoli's sub-standard organization of a home Europa League match against Swedish club AIK on Sept. 20.

Napoli was given a Nov. 6 deadline to provide "photographic evidence that the necessary repair work has been carried out."

Otherwise, UEFA will prohibit Napoli selling tickets in 12 sections of the main stand when it hosts Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk of Ukraine on Nov. 8.

Napoli can appeal the sanctions to UEFA within three days.

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