Frankfurt fans BANNED from Aberdeen clash as UEFA hit Eintracht and HJK Helsinki with hefty pyro fines
Eintracht Frankfurt have been banned by UEFA from selling away tickets to fans when they face Aberdeen next month.
It means it will be a Pittodrie full of home supporters but none from the travelling Bundesliga side as European football's governing body hit the Germans with a hefty bill for fireworks and the throwing of objects in their clash with HJK Helsinki earlier this month. Frankfurt ran out 1-0 winners as Aberdeen managed a draw with PAOK, but ended any hopes of Europa Conference League qualification. But now they face a big night in the North East to close out their campaign with no away fans present.
Frankfurt were slapped with a 30,000 euro bill from UEFA and banned from selling away briefs, while Helsinki also copped a fine of the same amount and have been ordered to carry out a 'partial closure' of a section of their ground for the next group match after lighting fireworks.
However, the stated closure is suspended 'during a probationary period of two years, starting from the date of the present decision,' say UEFA. That means the home punters need to be on their best behaviour when Barry Robson's men come to visit. Helsinki also copped a further 12,000 euro fine for the 'blocking of public passageways.'
Reacting to the ban, Eintracht board member Philipp Reschke, said: "The punishment is harsh, but considering UEFA's previous sanctioning practice, it is not unusual. Of course, our previous exposure was the deciding factor here. We don't yet know the exact reasons for the verdict, but realistically the chances of success of an appeal are not good given this initial situation. We will discuss the consequences and further action at very short notice.”