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Copenhagen fined €70K for 'burning Smurf' tifo in Europa League match

Copenhagen supporters unveiled a banner of a burning Smurf in their Europa League match at Malmo FF.

UEFA has fined FC Copenhagen €70,000 ($77,000) for incidents at a Europa League game against Malmo FF, including a fan banner of a burning Smurf cartoon character.

UEFA says its disciplinary panel judged charges of "illicit banner" and fireworks being lit at a 1-1 draw in Sweden in October.

Malmo was put on one year's probation and warned a section of the stadium could be closed for one game if offenses are repeated. UEFA fined the Swedish club €66,000 ($73,000) for charges including fans throwing objects. 

Though in different countries, Copenhagen and Malmo are separated by a 40-kilometer (25-mile) drive connected by a bridge over the Oresund strait.

The Dec. 12 return in Denmark is the final game in a three-way fight with Dynamo Kyiv to advance from their group.


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