PSV Eindhoven are to appeal against the decision by UEFA to increase the fine recently imposed upon them for the racist behaviour of some of their suppporters.
The club was originally fined 30,000 Swiss francs after a section of their supporters hurled missiles and shouted racist abuse at Arsenal striker Thierry Henry during the club’s 4-0 Champions League defeat to the Gunners. UEFA appealed against the size of the fine, arguing that it was an insufficient penalty for the misdemeanour and as a resuult the fine was increased to 50,000 Swiss francs.
However, tthe Dutch club have argued that the actions of a minority of supporters at the game was beyond their control and that the increased fine was unjust.
‘We can’t do anything about the facts on which we were judged, but we want to have discussions about how much we could do to prevent this,’ PSV Chairman Harry van Raaij stated on the club’s website.
PSV’s appeal will be filed with the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne.