Barcelona fined for fan banners at Champions League final
Jul. 23, 2015
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — UEFA has fined Barcelona for fans displaying pro-Catalonia political banners at the Champions League final.
UEFA says its disciplinary panel ordered Barcelona to pay a 30,000 euros ($33,000) fine.
Fans showed banners supporting independence for the Catalonia region of Spain in the Olympic Stadium in Berlin.
The Barcelona club has been a focus for Catalan regional pride dating back decades.
UEFA rules prohibit political, religious, and offensive banners and gestures at matches it organizes.
Barcelona beat Juventus 3-1 on June 6 to win its fifth European Cup trophy.