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  Wednesday, 27 November, 2002, 15:41 GMT
Nou Camp could be shut
Real Madrid's Luis Figo
A pig's head was one of the objects thrown at Figo
Barcelona may be ordered to close their Nou Camp stadium if found guilty of crowd disorder by the Spanish Football Federation.

Fans of the Catalan club pelted former player Luis Figo with various objects when he was taking a corner during last Saturday's goalless draw against Real Madrid.

The actions of the crowd, who threw a whisky bottle and a pig's head onto the pitch, meant the players were forced off and the match had to be stopped for 13 minutes.

And now the club have until Friday to defend themselves to the Spanish FA, which has put the incident within its categories of "serious" or "very serious".

If the governing body finds Barca guilty of a "serious" offence, it can close their stadium for one to three matches.

It can stretch the punishment to four matches or a year if deemed "very serious".


The good record of the club and the fact that no actual injuries were caused will be amongst the arguments the club intends to present
Barcelona club statement

A statement on the Barcelona website said the club felt there were no reasons to view the incident as "serious".

"The good record of the club, the existence of special security measures for the game, adopted by the club together with the state police, and the fact that no actual injuries were caused to either the players or the officials, will be amongst the arguments the club intends to present."

Barcelona have been fined three times since 1997 for similar crowd trouble while Sevilla and Real Betis have recently felt the wrath of the Spanish FA.

Sevilla were ordered in October to close their stadium for four matches because of crowd trouble with the dates yet to be decided.

Betis were punished for disorder at their ground in March by having to play two home games this season away from their Benito Villamarin stadium.

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