Dinamo Zagreb face the prospect of playing a
Champions League group game behind closed
doors after being hit with UEFA charges for their
Supporters of the Croatian champions – known as
the Bad Blue Boys – ripped out seats and used
them, and other objects, as missiles during their
team’s 2-0 defeat at the Etihad Stadium on
Both clubs have been charged due to their fans
throwing of objects, after City fans hurled the
missiles back, while Dinamo face an extra charge
of causing damage at the stadium.
The case will be heard by UEFA’s control, ethics
and disciplinary body on October 17.
But Dinamo are already in a probationary period of
two years after their supporters were found guilty
of racist behaviour at a Europa League game
against Benfica last season.
They were fined £17,800 and forced to play their
Champions League qualifier against Georgian side
Saburtalo Tbilisi in an empty stadium in July.
If UEFA finds them to be in breach of that
probation, Dinamo will be ordered to close their
Maksimir Stadium for the game against Shakhtar
Donetsk on November 6.
That will not directly affect City, but any appeal by
the Croatian club – which is unlikely – could see
the matter deferred.