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UEFA imposes ticket sales ban on Ajax, Eintracht

Ajax and Eintracht Frankfurt have both been banned by UEFA from selling tickets for their upcoming European away games as a punishment following crowd trouble.

The Dutch Eredivisie club has been fined €50,000 by UEFA’s control, ethics and disciplinary body after supporter issues against Valencia triggered a suspended sentence imposed on them following their clash with Benfica last season.

The ruling stated that there were three breaches in total for “acts of damages, crowd disturbances and improper conduct of team” at the game on October 2.

Ajax plays Chelsea on October 23 at Johan Cruyff Arena in the Champions League clash, before traveling to London on November 5 for the reverse fixture at Stamford Bridge. However, the Dutch club will not have away fans at the game after being found to have breached UEFA’s disciplinary regulations.

In September, Chelsea cited security concerns as the reason behind its decision to withhold tickets for the fixture against Ajax from going on general sale. Earlier in the month, it was announced that the Dutch Eredivisie club would receive a ticket allocation of just 833 for its trip to Stamford Bridge due to “disturbances with Ajax supporters in Great Britain in particular.”

Ajax must also repay Valencia for damages and face a fine of €18,000 for its improper conduct charge.

The club confirmed in a brief statement that it will ask for additional information from UEFA before deciding whether to appeal.

Similarly, Eintracht has been banned from selling any tickets to its Europa League away legs at Standard Liege on November 7 and Arsenal on November 28.

The Bundesliga club must also compensate Vitoria Guimaraes for damages from crowd trouble in Portugal on October 3.

Dinamo Zagreb has also been threatened with a future ticket sales ban, with UEFA putting the club on one year of probation after fans caused disruption and damage at Manchester City in the Champions League this month.

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