Sporting de Charleroi has been fined 75,000 euros by the Pro League after stopping the match against Mechelen, the Carolingian club reported on Wednesday, which also risks several matches behind closed doors. According to the club, the prosecutor’s office of the Belgian Football Association has demanded three matches behind closed doors, one of which is for the entire stadium. “Sporting also lost 3 valuable points in the standings and in the race for PO Europe, the supposed goal of the season,” the club adds.
On November 12, the match of the 17th day of the Jupiler Pro League between Charleroi and Mechelen was stopped after 67 minutes due to smoke from Charleroi supporters while the Zèbres were leading 1-0.
Sporting de Charleroi has decided to impose sanctions on the two supporters groups behind the incidents, the Storm Ultras and Block 22, whose representatives will be banned from the club’s next five matches (2 home and 3 away). The Carolo club will also “impose civil disqualifications against the identified perpetrators of damaging and throwing objects” and take civil action against the personally identified perpetrators to “make them bear the financial consequences of their actions”.
The club hopes that “these sanctions against the perpetrators will make them aware of the seriousness of their actions and of the situation experienced by all supporters, and a whole or even partial closed session (on the whole of T4) that will be held by the federation could be imposed”.