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Fifa investigates Greece 'lasers'

Israel goalkeeper Dudu Aouate
The fans behaviour towards Israel keeper Dudu is being looked into

Fifa has opened disciplinary proceedings against Greece over the alleged use of lasers by fans during a World Cup qualifier.

Greek supporters are reported to have tried to distract Israel goalkeeper Dudu Aouate with laser beams during last week's 2-1 win in Heraklion.

"We are aware of the reports and we have started disciplinary proceedings," a Fifa spokesman told Reuters.

Greece are top of Group Two after six games, with Israel back in fourth.

Fifa said it was probing reports that local fans aimed the infra-red beams at Aouate as he was preparing to face the penalty by Giorgios Samaras which kept Greece top of Group Two and damaged Israel's chances of qualification.


The Fifa spokesman added that Greece were warned in October after laser beams were used by their fans during their qualifier against Switzerland.

The Swiss won the game 2-1, but the distracting beams were directed at striker Alexander Frei as he was taking a penalty for Switzerland's opening goal.

If found guilty a second time, Greece will most likely face stiffer punishment by Fifa, the spokesman said, which could be a hefty fine, deduction of points or having to play future games behind closed doors.

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