Lecce punished for riots
Mon, 17 Jun 2013 18:34:00
Lecce have been fined 15,000 euros and ordered to hold four Lega Pro matches behind closed doors after fans rioted at the Stadio Via del Mare.
After Carpi earned a 1-1 draw to complete a 2-1 aggregate play-off final victory over Lecce and seal promotion to Serie B, around 200 home fans invaded the pitch, damaging fittings and billboards before attacking stewards who were blocking their attempts to enter the changing rooms.
Both sets of players had managed to leave the field shortly before the violence broke out.
The intervention of police eventually forced the offenders out of the stadium but four officers were wounded and a police van was set on fire in the running battles that followed.
A statement published on lega-pro.com read: "The incidents described are particularly serious. The subsequent penalties are therefore commensurate to the immediate damage caused but must also act as a preventative measure against the acts themselves.
"It has been decided to impose the following sanctions: a fine of 15,000 euros and the obligation to play four games behind closed doors."
Lecce, who were relegated from Serie A in 2012, were further demoted into the third tier of Italian football due to their involvement in match-fixing. But despite being tipped to dominate in the southern conference, the Giallorossi could only finish as runners-up to Trapani.