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Last Updated: Thursday, 30 October, 2003, 08:04 GMT
England face Uefa fine
Referee Pierluigi Collina tries to control the melee between England and Turkey players

The Football Association is set to be fined on Thursday following its charge of improper conduct over the half-time fracas in the Euro 2004 qualifier in Turkey earlier this month.

Uefa charged the English and Turkish football associations after television pictures showed a melee involving players from both teams during the interval in Istanbul.

No individual players have been charged but both associations will be represented at Thursday's hearing.

The game ended 0-0 - earning England a place at the Portugal finals, with Turkey facing a play-off against Latvia.

During the bitterly contested tie, flares were lit and missiles thrown on to the pitch - and separate charges against the Turkish FA on those matters will be heard on Thursday.

Uefa decided to pursue the associations rather than players after considering video evidence, match reports from referee Pierluigi Collina and the match observer, as well as statements from both countries.

The English FA said in a statement: "The FA was asked by Uefa to provide a statement as part of the European governing body's investigation.

"This statement was submitted last week and the FA gave its full co-operation to Uefa's enquiries."


Turkey defender Alpay and David Beckham clashed during the first-half of the match when the England captain missed a penalty.

The duo squared up to each other again as they walked off at half-time and Collina called them into his room during the break to calm them down.

The Italian referee was also seen ordering other players to their own dressing-rooms during the flare-up.

However, Collina is believed not to have highlighted any individual player as being guilty of violent behaviour in his match report.

It is expected that both FAs will be fined following Thursday's hearing - but that their participation in the Euro 2004 finals is not in doubt.

"On the basis of the evidence we have seen and the important official reports, as well as the limited number of other cases, we are looking at some sort of fine," a Uefa spokesman confirmed.

BBC Five Live's Nigel Adderley
"Charges won't be brought against individual players"

Uefa communications director Mike Lee
"The charges send out an important message"

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