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After the events that occurred in the derby between Betis and Seville last weekend, in which the footballer Joan Jordan was attacked with a bar, the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) through the Competition Judge, has decided to sanction the Verdiblanco team with “the total closure” of its stadium, Benito Villamarín, “for two games”.
Despite the fact that many may consider that this sanction is not in accordance with what happened, “the ruling of the Competition Disciplinary Judge considers that other sanctions cannot be applied such as ‘the loss of positions in the classification (section 5) since the format of the competition is developed through the elimination system’”, the RFEF explained in a statement.
“It is considered proven, ‘in view of the facts contemplated and verified in this file’, that the measures taken by Real Betis Balompié to prevent incidents involving the public ‘have proven insufficient’“added the governing body of Spanish football.
Given these facts, according to the note, “in short, the sanction applicable to the disciplinary offense committed by Real Betis Balompié would be the total or partial closure of the sports venue for up to three games, or two months.” In this sense, this body considers appropriate and proportionate the imposition of the sanction of total closure in its medium degree”, expresses the resolution of the Competition Judge.
After the sanction issued by the RFEF, Betis must play “in another venue that meets the conditions established by the federal system” during the next two meetings.
It should also be noted that the statement itself indicates that the verdiblanco club has the possibility of filing an appeal, “within ten working days, before the Appeals Committee”.
This sanction comes as a result of the unfortunate events that occurred in the Seville derby last Saturday corresponding to the Copa del Rey, which had to be suspended “due to incidents of the public” according to the report issued by the referees, which indicated that “After Real Betis Balompié scored in the 39th minute, a hollow PVC bar of approximately 50 centimeters was thrown”.
“This shot was made from the bottom right as we left the locker room, where there were fans wearing local team shirts, scarves and flags. Said bar hit the head of Sevilla player No. 8 Joan Jordán Moreno falling to the field of play, needing medical assistance. Given the facts described, we decided to suspend the match by virtue of article 240, section 2c of the General Regulations of the RFEF”, wrote Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea, the main referee of the match, in his report on the match.
The match, which was 1-1 at the time of the suspension, it resumed the following day, behind closed doors, and ended with a 2-1 victory for the Verdiblanco team.
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.