The disciplinary committee of the Royal Belgian Football Federation (RBFA) fined Sporting Charleroi 2,500 euros on Tuesday because supporters set off pyrotechnics and threw mugs of beer at goalkeeper Simon Mignolet against the Club Brugge. Charleroi was penalized for disturbances with supporters during the home game against Club Brugge (0-1) in mid-September. In the eleventh minute, a lit rocket from the home fans’ area landed in goalkeeper Koffi’s penalty area, right next to a few players. Referee Lardot stopped the game for a while.
Even before the restart, fireworks were lit in the same section and a rocket landed on the pitch, this time near the penalty spot. Also after half-time, the supporters of Charleroi used pyrotechnics. In added time, they finally threw goblets of beer at Simon Mignolet, who kept Bruges in the lead thanks to two good saves. The Red Devil had caused trouble earlier by responding to a provocation, but later apologized.
Charleroi suggested Mignolet’s reaction was a provocation. The club also told the committee that a thorough search for Bengal fire had been carried out beforehand. Before the match at the Stade du Pays de Charleroi, no less than 37 pyrotechnic rockets were withdrawn from supporters. Charleroi regrets that some of them have fallen through the cracks. The supporters had brought a large quantity of fireworks to protest against the stricter rules of Minister Annelies Verlinden (CD&V) on pyrotechnics in football stadiums, Charleroi added.
Despite the plea, the disciplinary committee saw no mitigating circumstances for Charleroi, and also highlighted the many track records of recent weeks. Charleroi still had a suspended fine of 500 euros. It was lifted and for the facts against Club Brugge an additional 2,000 euros were added.