Borussia Dortmund charged by Uefa after Tottenham fans injured in crush

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Borussia Dortmund have been charged by Uefa after 17 Tottenham fans were injured in a crush before last week’s Europa League first leg, The Guardian reports.

Fans were hurt as they struggled to enter the Westfalenstadion before the last-16 game and Uefa has opened disciplinary proceedings against the German club.

Uefa’s control, ethics and disciplinary body has charged Dortmund with blocking stairways at the ground, which would breach Article 38 of the safety and security regulations. The case will be heard on 19 May.

Spurs fans were treated for injuries caused by police pepper spray while another reportedly had to be carried away on a stretcher.

The congestion developed as supporters were redirected towards a different entrance into the stadium shortly before kick-off.

Dortmund police said the late arrival of Spurs fans had created unexpected pressure on the entrances, which had to be temporarily closed.

A statement read: “In order to prevent an uncontrolled entrance of the followers of Tottenham, pepper spray and baton was used by the police, in which 17 English supporters were slightly injured due to eye irritation. Furthermore, a police officer and five employees of the security service were wounded in the course of these measures.”

Tottenham lost the last 16 match 3-0, with the second leg to be played at White Hart Lane on Thursday.

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