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The Supreme Court annuls the sanction against Getafe for a closing match at its stadium due to violent incidents

The Supreme Court annuls the sanction against Getafe for a closing match at its stadium due to violent incidents

“It will be possible to attend the celebration of the matches that are played in the Coliseum,” stresses the azulon club itself

MADRID, July 24 (EUROPA PRESS) –

The Supreme Court has annulled the sanction against Getafe CF for a closing match at its stadium, which was imposed at the time by the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) for having registered violent incidents in 2017 during a match for promotion to the First Division against CD Tenerife.

In a sentence, collected by Europa Press, the Contentious-Administrative Chamber upholds the motion for nullity raised by the Madrid club against the sentence of June 29 issued by the same Chamber. In that resolution, the magistrates confirmed the sanction imposed by the RFEF itself, considering it compatible with the one also imposed by the Government Delegation.

The high court explained in that ruling that Getafe had been summoned to appear in the proceedings, but they did not. However, the club filed an annulment motion alleging that he appeared in person on April 21, 2020.

Now, after making sure that the club was in person, the Supreme Court has annulled the sentence and has given Getafe a period of 30 days to present a letter of opposition to the filing of the State Lawyer’s appeal.

“Until a new sentence is issued that puts an end to the procedure in one way or another, it will be possible to attend the celebration of the matches that are played in the Coliseum,” the azulon club itself has stressed on its website. Consequently, with the above, season ticket holders will be able to attend the first match of the National League Championship against FC Barcelona”, the press release specified.

THE JUDGMENT CANCELED

It should be remembered that, in the ruling now annulled, the TS endorsed the sanction imposed by the RFEF on Getafe for the closure of its stadium for one match, of the 2018/2019 official season, and the two fines of 4,000 and 3,001 euros that the Government Delegation in Madrid imposed for the incidents that occurred during a match.

Specifically, the match was the second leg of the second round of the promotion phase of the Second Division National League Championship played on June 24, 2017 at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez between Getafe and Tenerife.

El Supremo recalled that, at minute 67, several hundred visiting fans located on the corner of Fondo Norte sang “in a choral and coordinated way” the chant, referring to the local player Sergio Mora, “murderer, murderer”, and at minute 68 “Getafe bitch, Getafe bitch”.

Subsequently, in the 95th minute, a smoke canister ignited in the Fondo Sur Bajo, where the local fans of the ‘Comando Azul’ are located and “preparations were made in that same place to invade the playing field at the end of the match”.

LAUNCH OF SEATS AND FIELD INVASION

Once the match was over, the local fans invaded the field and prevented the players and the refereeing team from reaching the changing rooms. Then they went to the area where the visiting fans were to provoke them. They responded by launching seats. Finally, the Police charged against the visiting fans while the stadium security employees “tried to placate the local fans.”

Due to these facts, the Competition Committee of the Royal Spanish Football Federation imposed on Getafe the sanction of closing the stadium for one match and dismissed the proceedings with respect to Tenerife. This sanction was appealed by the sanctioned club and, finally, it was replaced by a fine of 18,000 euros.

The Permanent Commission of the State Commission against Violence, Racism, Xenophobia and Intolerance in Sport, which did not agree with this latest resolution, appealed to the Administrative Court of Sport, which imposed the initial sanction of closing the stadium.

At the same time, for these same events, the Government Delegation in Madrid initiated two disciplinary proceedings; one for a serious infringement of Law 19/2007 against violence, racism, xenophobia and intolerance in sport due to deficiencies in the control of permanence and eviction that allowed the invasion of the pitch at the end of the match.

This procedure, indicated the TS, concluded with a fine of 4,000 euros. The second, also for a serious breach of the same law, ended with another fine, in this case 3,001 euros, against Getafe for failing to prevent the introduction of a smoke canister.

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