UEFA have fined Rennes €44,000 for pitch invaders, setting off flares and blocking stairways during their game against Arsenal.

Rennes' supporters cheer for their team during the UEFA Europa League round of 16 first leg football match between Stade Rennais FC and Arsenal FC at the Roazhon Park stadium in Rennes, northwestern France on March 7, 2019. (Photo by LOIC VENANCE / AFP)
Rennes’ supporters cheer for their team during the UEFA Europa League round of 16 first leg football match between Stade Rennais FC and Arsenal FC at the Roazhon Park stadium in Rennes, northwestern France on March 7, 2019. (Photo by LOIC VENANCE / AFP)

The verdict from UEFA read:

Match: UEFA Europa League Round of 16 first leg match between Stade Rennais FC and Arsenal FC (3-1), played on 7 March in France

Charges against Stade Rennais FC:
– Field invasion by supporters – Art. 16 (2) DR
– Setting off of fireworks – Art. 16 (2) DR
– Stairways blocked – Art. 38 of the UEFA Safety and Security Regulations

Decision: 

The CEDB has decided to fine Stade Rennais €44,000.

The initial charge said:

Disciplinary proceedings have been opened following the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 match between Stade Rennais FC and Arsenal FC (3-1), played on 7 March in France.

Charges against Stade Rennais FC:
– Field invasion by supporters – Art. 16 (2) of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations (DR)
– Setting off of fireworks – Art. 16 (2) DR
– Stairways blocked – Art. 38 of the UEFA Safety and Security Regulations

These cases will be dealt with by the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body on 28 March.

As you can see from the charges detailed above, no action was  taken for the objects thrown at Arsenal players.

RENNES, FRANCE - MARCH 07: Granit Xhaka of Arsenal collects pieces of screwed up paper thrown by fans from the pitch during the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 First Leg match between Stade Rennais and Arsenal at Roazhon Park on March 07, 2019 in Rennes, France. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
RENNES, FRANCE – MARCH 07: Granit Xhaka of Arsenal collects pieces of screwed up paper thrown by fans from the pitch during the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 First Leg match between Stade Rennais and Arsenal at Roazhon Park on March 07, 2019 in Rennes, France. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

This follows on from the announcement that Arsenal were handed a £13,000/€15,000 fine following the pitch invader and late kick-off of their home game against Qarabag in December.

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 13: Pitch invader during the UEFA Europa League Group E match between Arsenal and Qarabag FK at Emirates Stadium on December 13, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 13: Pitch invader during the UEFA Europa League Group E match between Arsenal and Qarabag FK at Emirates Stadium on December 13, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

During that game, one away fan made it onto the pitch carrying the flag of the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region, an area that has been central to the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan.

In addition, the game kicked off, wait for it, ‘at least one minute late’ according to FourFourTwo who pulled out the live reports to try and clarify why Arsenal had been fined for a late kick-off.

Fans sit in the empty stands ahead of the UEFA Europa league Group E football match between Arsenal and FK Qarabag at the Emirates stadium in London on December 13, 2018. (Photo by Adrian DENNIS / AFP) (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)
Fans sit in the empty stands ahead of the UEFA Europa league Group E football match between Arsenal and FK Qarabag at the Emirates stadium in London on December 13, 2018. (Photo by Adrian DENNIS / AFP) (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Still, good to know, as always with UEFA, they have their priorities in place.