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UEFA Bans Italian Soccer Team

November 8, 1998

GENEVA (AP) _ The Italian soccer team Fiorentina was banned from the remainder of this year’s UEFA Cup because of an explosion that injured an official and caused the suspension of last week’s game against the Swiss team Grasshoppers.

The decision by European soccer authorities Sunday allows the Grasshoppers to advance to the third round against Bordeaux of France.

UEFA’s Control and Disciplinary Commission said the punishment would have been more severe. However, UEFA determined that the explosive device was aimed at the Fiorentina team and not at the Swiss club or match officials.

Fiorentina said it would appeal.

With Fiorentina leading 2-1 at halftime at Salerno, Italy, the match was suspended after a Belgian official was injured by the explosion of a device hurled from the stands.

Philippe Flament, who was stationed at midfield helping the referee and linesmen, was hospitalized with a right knee injury.

UEFA said that Fiorentina was responsible for security both inside and outside the stadium, even though it was not its home field.

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