Manchester United fined for late arrival and delayed kick-off against Valencia

UEFA has fined Manchester United, Valencia, Napoli, CSKA Moscow and Viktoria Plzen for a variety of offences.

Manchester United has been fined EUR 15,000. Photo: AFP

Manchester United has been fined EUR 15,000 for the late arrival and subsequent behind-schedule kick-off of its Champions League game with Valencia, while Napoli must pay EUR 34,000 for the setting off of fireworks against Liverpool.

United was affected by heavy traffic congestion in Manchester ahead of the match on October 2, which finished 0-0. The club confirmed 25 minutes prior to the initial kick-off time of 20:00 BST that the match had been delayed until 20:05 BST due to the late arrival of its bus.

UEFA has fined it EUR 5,000 for the late arrival of the team, and EUR 10,000 for a delayed start to the match, while Valencia will pay EUR 1,000 for the setting off of fireworks.

Napoli's fine is significantly larger, however, after UEFA charged it for the same offence as Valencia at Stadio San Paolo during the 1-0 win over Liverpool on October 3.

The Serie A club was also found guilty of blocking stairways in the stadium, as was CSKA Moscow during its 1-0 defeat of Real Madrid, copping a EUR 12,000 fine.

And CSKA's trip to Viktoria Plzen in September is also the subject of a financial penalty for the Czech side, which must pay EUR 10,000 for the throwing of objects during the game.

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