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UEFA Reduces Punishment for AS Roma - 2002-04-20

The European Football Union has reduced some of the punishments handed down against Italy's AS Roma football (soccer) club for incidents following a Champions' League match against Galatasaray of Turkey.

The UEFA appeals commission reduced the punishment from a one-match home stadium ban from Champions League play and a fine of 200,000 Swiss francs ($122,000) to only a fine of 500,000 francs ($303,000).

In addition, Roma team captain Francesco Totti had his suspension reduced from three matches to two. Brazilian midfielder Francisco Lima will miss just one game instead of the original three.

Bans against coach Fabio Capello and striker Gabriel Batistuta will stand as originally handed down because they were not appealed. UEFA punished the Roman club after a brawl broke out following a Champions League group-B match last month that ended in a 1-1 draw. Players, officials, fans and riot police were involved in the melee.