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UEFA probes Basel over crowd trouble

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 21, 2014 at 11:51 am •  Published: March 21, 2014

NYON, Switzerland (AP) — UEFA says it has opened disciplinary proceedings against FC Basel after the Swiss side's fans threw fireworks onto the pitch during a Europa League match against Salzburg, causing a brief suspension of play.

The incident occurred in the first half of Basel's 2-1 victory in the last-16 second leg in Austria, which put the team through to the quarterfinals.

The match referee decided to take the players off the pitch for about 10 minutes.

UEFA says in a statement on Friday that Basel was being disciplined for the "setting-off and throwing of fireworks and improper conduct of the team."

UEFA's control and disciplinary body will deal with the matter on Wednesday.