Short background: Vitaliy Sevostyanik did not notice Szoke’s foul on Chichkan – and Shakhtar saved the draw in the match against BATE. The fans turned on, some were not released even after the final whistle: they pushed the car of the referee team to the side of the road on the way to Minsk, expressing to the referee everything they thought of it. Well, they did not open the door …
The incident was not ignored at the House of Football. Sevostyanik – for a productive mistake – was suspended from work at the Major League matches for two rounds. BATE – for the entrepreneurial spirit of the fans – was fined at the top level by 550 basic units (14025 rubles).
Is the punishment chosen by the disciplinary committee fair? Is the incident over, or are there any other possible consequences? Let’s figure it out.
Firstly, the claims against BATE are justified, since, according to the disciplinary code, clubs are responsible for their fans who have committed illegal acts.
Let’s focus specifically on the actions committed against the officials of the football match, including the referees. Here are the most serious violations.
– Abusive behavior by a player or a club official towards match officials before, during and after the match (using profanity, offensive words and expressions, and offensive gestures).
Sanction: Disqualification from 2 to 5 matches and a fine of 10 to 50 base units.
– Attempted physical pressure on a match official before, during and after a match, committed by a football player or a club official.
Sanction: disqualification from 3 to 6 matches and a fine of 20 to 70 base units.
– Inflicting physical pressure (with the exception of intentional push) on a match official before, during and after the match by a football player.
Sanction: for a football player – disqualification from 6 months to 2 years and a fine from 20 to 70 base units; for a club official – a ban on any football-related activity for a period of 6 months to 2 years and a fine of 20 to 70 base units.
But there is also article 75 in the disciplinary code, which deals with threats against a football match official in cases not specified in article 70.
Sanction: fine in the amount of 50 to 200 base units and temporary suspension for a period of 1 to 5 matches.
Article 76 deals with the use of force or the threat of use of force against a football match official. Please note that the actions specified in this article must have a specific goal: forcing the adoption of a certain decision or creating obstacles for a football referee in the performance of his duties.
Sanction: fine from 100 to 1000 base values and temporary disqualification from 1 to 24 months.
In addition, it is important that the host is responsible for the behavior of its players, spectators and service personnel, as well as for ensuring order and safety both at the stadium and around it before, during and after football matches.
At the same time, clubs must take the necessary measures to ensure the safety of players and officials of the visiting team, officials of the football match during their stay in the settlement where the match is held.
Therefore, the actions of persons dissatisfied with the result of the game in relation to the refereeing team and the match inspector can lead to negative consequences both for the club they represent and for the club in the settlement of which these actions were committed.
Moreover, not only the football club, but also the person who committed the unlawful acts can be held liable.
Depending on additional, unknown to us circumstances, insult and threats against the referee team can be qualified as:
1) Administrative responsibility
– insult – willful humiliation of the honor and dignity of a person, expressed in an indecent form (article 9.3 of the Administrative Code).
Sanction: a fine of up to twenty basic units.
– petty hooliganism – insulting harassment of citizens and other deliberate actions that violate public order (Article 17.1 of the Administrative Code).
Sanction: a fine from two to thirty basic units or administrative arrest.
2) Criminal liability
– threat of murder, infliction of grievous bodily harm or destruction of property in a generally dangerous way, if there were reasons to fear its implementation (Article 186 of the Criminal Code)
Sanction: community service, or a fine, or correctional labor for up to one year, or arrest, or restriction of liberty for up to two years, or imprisonment for the same period.
– insult – deliberate humiliation of the honor and dignity of a person, expressed in an indecent form (insult), in a public speech, or in a printed or publicly displayed work, or in the media, or in information disseminated on the global computer network, the Internet, another public telecommunication network or a dedicated telecommunication network (Article 189 CC)
Sanction : a fine or correctional labor for up to two years, or arrest, or restraint of liberty for up to three years.
– hooliganism – deliberate acts that grossly violate public order and in Expressing obvious disrespect for society, accompanied by the use of violence or the threat of its use, or the destruction or damage of other people’s property, or differing in their content by exceptional cynicism (hooliganism) (in this case, committed by a group of persons). (article 339 of the Criminal Code)
Sanction: arrest or restriction of liberty for a term of up to three years, or imprisonment for a term of one to six years.
Thus, taking into account the totality of other circumstances, to responsibility in this case may be brought about:
– the club, which was represented by the persons;
– the club hosting the given football match;
– directly the persons who committed these actions.
And the club has already been seriously punished. The only question is whether FC BATE deserved to be fined exactly on the top bar.