o Champions League - PSG penalized


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Fournier PARIS, Aug 25 '97 - UEFA have rejected PSG's appeal. They have also announced that Dinamo Batumi of Georgia have been dealt a similar 3-0 fine for fielding a suspended player, David Sologashvili, in their Cup Winners Cup qualifer against Ararat Yerevan, August 15.

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PARIS, Aug 18 '97 - PSG have announced they will appeal UEFA's decision.

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PARIS, Aug 18 '97 - UEFA have awarded Steaua Bucharest a 3-0 victory over Paris Saint-Germain after it was revealed the French side fielded a suspended player, Laurent Fournier, in their Qualifying Round 1st Leg game in Bucharest last Wednesday.

Fournier, who played the whole match, was ineligible because of bookings from last season. Bucharest appealed against his presence to UEFA. "We forgot about the suspension of Laurent Fournier," claimed Claude Le Roy, the Paris club's sporting director, and went on to say that the PSG players nevertheless remained "confident" that they can still qualify - a feat which requires them to win by 4 clear goals in the 2nd Leg.

As to how the error was discovered, one report states that Steaua officials were surprised by the news from Paris and that they had made no protest to UEFA about Fournier. Another report claims however that it was Steaua's initial protest that brought the matter to a head. Either way, it should make for a very interesting match next Wednesday!

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