Spanish football

The Camp Nou, perceived as closed by the throwing of balls in the classic – SPANISH FOOTBALL

by: Adam Smith


The Committee on Competition has agreed to impose a fine of 1,500 euros to Barcelona for the dozens of balls thrown by spectators on the pitch of the Camp Nou during last Wednesday’s classic. The action, encouraged by Tsunami Democrotic, took place in the 10th minute of the second half, in coincidence with the change of Semedo by Arturo Vidal, and caused the interruption of the game for less than two minutes.

Competition also decrees a notice of closure of the Camp Nou by the facts, which it typifies as an “alteration of the encounter of serious character”. In accordance with article 101 of the Disciplinary Code of the Federation, if the sanctioned offence occurred for the second time in the same season “the club shall incur the closing penalty of its pitch for one to two matches, with an ancillary fine of 6,001 euros up to 12,000 euros”.

The rules

This is a serious offence, punishable by a fine of up to 3,000 euros

The regulations consider serious infraction and punishable by a fine of up to 3,000 euros and a signify “the release of several balls, or any other element on the pitch from the stands, regardless of whether or not the game is stopped”.

The precedent that is more similar to that of the Barca-Real Madrid last Wednesday took place in a Seville-Levante April 2012. Fans threw hundreds of tennis balls to the turf and Competition initially sanctioned the Andalusian club with 600 euros. Subsequently, the Anti-Violence Committee raised the fine to 3,500 euros, on the understanding that there were deficiencies in the measures of access control and permanence of spectators in the Sánchez Pizjuán.


The protest was organized by Tsunami Democroptic under the slogan ‘Spain, sit and talk’

Interestingly, the protest originated as a result of a classic. The Sevilla-Levante was set for ten o’clock at night, but was delayed half an hour at the behest of television so that it did not coincide with the post-departure between the Barcelona and the Real Madrid.

Regarding the last classic, the release of a few dozen balls, yellow and with the motto ‘Spain, sit and talk’, was organized by Tsunami Democratic in claim ingenuity for dialogue over the conflict of Catalunya. At the behest of Tsunami, thousands of people concentrated in the vicinity of the teams’ concentration hotel. During the break from the match and at the end there were clashes with the police in the vicinity of the Camp Nou.

A spectator throws a yellow ball

A spectator throws a yellow ball
(Alex Garcia)