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League Notes: Bernie Ecclestone Expects Nürburgring Deal This Week
Published January 9, 2013
FOOTBALL DISCIPLINE: The Hungary and Bulgaria national teams must each play their next home matches without spectators after FIFA found each club in violation of FIFA's disciplinary code. Hungary was disciplined for an episode of racism and anti-Semitism by its supporters during an Aug. 15 match against Israel. The committee found Bulgaria in violation of FIFA's disciplinary code when supporters threw two fireworks onto the pitch during an Oct. 12 match against Denmark (FIFA). ... The FA has confirmed that it has "officially appealed" against UEFA's bans against Steven Caulker and Tom Ince over England U21's European Championship playoff against Serbia. Tottenham Hotspur defender Steven Caulker was given a two-match ban and Blackpool winger Tom Ince a one-match suspension after "clashes between players and coaching staff" at the end of an October match (London TELEGRAPH, 1/8). ... Fourth Division Italian side Pro Patria has been "ordered to play one home match behind closed doors" after racist chants prompted AC Milan to walk off the pitch during a friendly last week. The Lega Pro judge made the decision Tuesday, noting that Pro Patria has already been fined €5,000 ($6,500) for similar behavior by its fans this season (AP, 1/8).