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Valencia have been fined €6,000 after a linesman was hit on the head by an object thrown from the crowd during their recent King’s Cup tie against Deportivo Coruna.

The referee stopped the game and the remaining 46 minutes were played behind closed doors at the Mestalla a week later.

The Spanish Football Federation classed the incident as “serious” and issued the maximum fine permitted for an offence in that category.

Had they viewed the incident as “very serious” the stadium could have been closed.

“We are satisfied with the decision,” Valencia vice-president Enrique Lucas was quoted as saying by sports daily AS on Wednesday.

“It would have been an injustice if the actions of one individual had caused the stadium to be closed.”

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