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UEFA Imposes 1 Match Ban on Play at AS Roma Stadium


The European Football Union has imposed a one-match ban on play at AS Roma's stadium and suspended the coach and three players after violent incidents broke out earlier this month following a Champions' League match in Rome.

UEFA also fined the Italian club $121,000. UEFA Chief Gerhard Aigner called the incident the unacceptable face of football. Roma's opponent, Galatasaray of Turkey, was fined $24,000.

Roma was eliminated from the Champions League after playing Galatasaray to a 1-1 draw March 13. Players from the two clubs shoved one another and fans threw objects on the field as the teams were going to the locker rooms. Italian riot police forced Galatasaray players off the field with batons, and the incident caused a diplomatic dispute between the two countries.

Roma Head Coach Fabio Capello is suspended from the sidelines for one match. Players Francisco Lima and Francesco Totti are banned for three matches each and Gabriel Batistuta received a one-match suspension.