Soccer-Barca, Bilbao face fines for politically-motivated whistles

Soccer-Barca, Bilbao face fines for politically-motivated whistles

BARCELONA, July 27 (Reuters) – Barcelona, Athletic Bilbao & the Spanish football federation face fines over politically- motivated whistles & banners during last season's King's Cup final at the Nou Camp, the Spanish government said on Monday.

The national anthem was drowned out & there were anti-Spanish flags & chants from the crowd during the match won by Barca last May.

The clubs come from the separatist regions of Catalonia & the Basque Country & both had been warned that they could be punished if they did not control their supporters.

p> The state commission against violence is now set to fine Barca 66,000 euros ($73, 200), Bilbao 18,000 euros & the Spanish federation, who organised the competition, 123,000 euros.

Spain's secretary of state for sport Miguel Cardenal backed the punishment.

"What took place was imprudent & everything should have been done to have prevented it," Cardenal told reporters.

"They (the fines) are neither extraordinary or given in order to make an example. It was a strict & rigorous application.

"Millions of Spaniards saw how very significant symbols were attacked by thousands of people inside the stadium."

The clubs & the federation can now put forward their cases before the fines come into force. ($1 = 0.9017 euros) (Reporting by Tim Hanlon, editing by Ed Osmond)

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Source: “Reuters”

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