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Barcelona fined for fan banners at Champions League final

AP , Thursday 23 Jul 2015
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UEFA has fined Barcelona for fans displaying pro-Catalonia political banners at the Champions League final.

UEFA says its disciplinary panel ordered Barcelona to pay a 30,000 euros ($33,000) fine.

Fans showed banners supporting independence for the Catalonia region of Spain in the Olympic Stadium in Berlin.

The Barcelona club has been a focus for Catalan regional pride dating back decades.

UEFA rules prohibit political, religious, and offensive banners and gestures at matches it organizes.

Barcelona beat Juventus 3-1 on June 6 to win its fifth European Cup trophy.

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