Swedish club Malmo has been fined $110,000 (100,000 euros) for “poor pitch conditions” during their recent participation in the 2014-15 UEFA Champions League group stage.
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Malmo, who finished fourth in Group A after the double round-robin slate of games against Atletico Madrid, Juventus and Olympiacos, were deemed to have provided a sub-standard playing surface during the club’s three home games at Swedbank Stadium.
$110,000 for some bad grass seems like a ridiculously high number, especially when you consider that UEFA routinely fines clubs amounts closer to $11,000 — one-tenth of Malmo’s fine for a poor playing surface — for instances of in-stadium racism by fans, as they most recently did to Atletico Madrid following a UEFA Youth League game against Manchester City last month.
Meanwhile, Denmark’s Nicklas Bendtner flashes a betting company’s name on his underpants at EURO 2012, and he’s slapped with a $120,000 fine.
The previous facts and numbers are presented without further comment or moral lecture of the obvious, except, Really, UEFA?