We submitted a detailed dossier of accounts from supporters who were caught up in that night’s violence. That was submitted, alongside a formal complaint from THFC and observations from the FA observer present, to UEFA in the immediate aftermath of the game. It has taken UEFA nearly six months to come to a decision.
The fine imposed on Barcelona is less than some of our fans who have been left unable to work as a result of being assaulted will lose in earnings. It is twice the amount THFC has been fined for the team allegedly arriving on the pitch late for a game last month. And it is an inconsequential amount for a club as rich as Barcelona.
This decision by UEFA sends clear signals. It says supporters are fair game for security staff to do what they want to. It says that broadcast rights and kick-off times are more important than supporter safety. And it says UEFA is unfit for purpose.
We share the grave concerns of our Club that the punishment imposed will not act as enough of a deterrent to avoid a repeat. THST will be taking advice, including legal advice, on our next steps. We are determined to secure justice for our fans.
18 May 2019