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Fenerbahce circumnavigate being forced to play behind closed doors

Turkish side Fenerbahce were ordered to play the second leg of their Europa League tie against BATE in an empty stadium as punishment for throwing flares onto the pitch during their match against Borussia Monchengladbach in December.

But supporters, with the help of the club, did their best to replicate the usual atmosphere at the Şükrü Saracoğlu Stadium. Fans gathered immediately outside the stadium to watch the match on a 157ft big screen.

UEFA.com’s match report said: “The game was being played behind closed doors but the thousands of fans watching on a big screen outside the stadium made themselves heard. ‘As if we were here’ said a giant banner – it felt like they were.”

The assembled fans even defied Uefa’s punishment by managing to land some flares on the pitch from outside the stadium.

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