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UEFA opens disciplinary proceedings against Greek FC PAOK over fans misconduct

August 10, 18:52 UTC+3 MOSCOW

The UEFA announced to TASS earlier in the day that it had decided against opening a probe into numerous reports on an alleged assault on Russian journalists

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MOSCOW, August 10. /TASS/. The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) opened disciplinary proceeding against Greek football club PAOK over fans misbehavior during the club’s home match in Thessaloniki against Russia’s Spartak Moscow FC on Wednesday.

"Disciplinary proceedings have been opened following the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round first leg match between PAOK FC and FC Spartak Moskva (3-2), played on 8 August in Greece," the UEFA announced in its statement on Friday.

The European governing football body reported that the disciplinary proceedings against PAOK FC were opened on charges of "use of laser pointer" and "stairways blocked."

The statement from the UEFA added that the cases would be dealt with by the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body on August 23.

The UEFA announced to TASS earlier in the day that it had decided against opening a probe into numerous reports on an alleged assault on Russian journalists at the match in Greek’s Thessaloniki on Wednesday.

Russian journalists working at the match reported on their social media accounts that they had been attacked by PAOK’s fans before the match at an entrance to media tribune of the Toumba Stadium.

According to Russian journalists, security and stewards, responsible for safety at the sports facility, were inactive as Greek football fans assaulted them. PAOK FC press service later denied the allegations saying that a minor scuffle took place but had been immediately thwarted with the help of security officers.

Acting President of the Russian Football Union (RFU) Alexander Alayev told TASS on Thursday that the "The RFU launched its own probe into the incident and plans to turn to the UEFA to request a thorough investigation and make sure that all responsible are punished."

The press service of Spartak FC said in a statement also on Thursday that the Russian club hoped for the Greek authorities as well as the UEFA to hold an unbiased probe into the incident involving PAOK FC fans and Russian journalists.

PAOK FC edged Russia’s Spartak Moscow FC 3-2 on Wednesday at the 29,000-seat capacity Toumba Stadium. The return match of the Champions League qualifying stage between PAOK and Spartak will be held at the over 45,000-seat capacity Spartak Arena in Moscow on August 14.

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