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Football: Basel get one-game Europa League stadium ban

Swiss club FC Basel must play their Europa League quarter-final first leg clash against Valencia behind closed doors after being punished for the violent behaviour of their fans. UEFA also fined FC Basel 107,000 euros ($147,500) after objects, including cigarette lighters, were thrown on to the pitch in their last-16 clash against Salzburg last week with the referee halting the game for 10 minutes. A second one-match stadium ban was suspended for two years, UEFA said. Basel and Valencia meet on April 3. kn/pgf/dhe/dj/ps

Football: Basel win overshadowed by fan trouble

Basel's 2-1 victory over Salzburg which took the Swiss club into the Europa League quarter-finals on Thursday was overshadowed when their fans threw missiles onto the pitch and the game was held-up. Basel were trailing 1-0 at the time when the two teams were led off in the 30th minute at the start of a 12-minute delay. Referee Manuel Grafe took the players off when Salzburg's Kevin Kampl was targetted by a bottle while cigarette lighters were also thrown onto the pitch.

Football: Sommer heads for Moenchengladbach

Swiss international goalkeeper Yann Sommer will leave Swiss champions FC Basel for German top flight side Moenchengladbach at the end of the season, his current club confirmed on Monday. Sommer, 25, joined Basel as a 14-year-old, winning the Swiss title three times and the Swiss Cup once, and could add another double trophy haul this season before joining the Bundesliga. Sommer will team up with another Swiss international, midfielder Granit Xhawa, at Moenchengladbach. stp/ea/ps

Brussels suspends Swiss deals after Bern nixes Croatia accord

Brussels said Sunday it had suspended Swiss participation in EU research and education programmes after Bern called off a deal opening market access to Croatia. The EU's newest member, Croatia is the first victim of Swiss plans to curb immigration from other countries in the bloc, a move narrowly approved in a February 9 referendum. "Given the circumstances and in the absence of a clear political signal to do so, upcoming negotiation rounds have been postponed until Switzerland signs" the Croatia deal, European Commission spokesman Joe Hennon told AFP.

Stage-diver plunges to his death in Switzerland

A man who dived off the stage at a heavy metal concert in Switzerland died after the crowd failed to catch him, media reported Tuesday. The 28-year-old had been at a metal festival last Wednesday in the northern Swiss town of Solothurn when he decided to dive from the stage into the crowd, local daily Solothurner Zeitung reported. "Unfortunately, the crowd did not catch him properly and he hit the ground," Pipo Kofmehl, head of the Kulturfabrik Kofmehl concert venue told the paper.

Trip Tips: Switzerland skiing gets lifted by luxury

By Katharina Bart ZURICH (Reuters) - Prospects are bright for Switzerland's winter tourism industry, which is pinning its hopes on a slew of new luxury developments and bigger, better ski resorts to get back to growth. Aside from skiing, Switzerland has long been a prized winter destination due to an abundance of high-end shopping, luxury hotels and spas.

Americas News Agenda for December 5

Duty Editor: Jim Mannion Tel: +1 202 414 0541 What's happening in the Americas on Thursday. REFILING to add FIFA executive meeting: + UN Security Council vote on C. Africa UNITED NATIONS: UN Security Council to vote resolution authorizing an African force, with French military backing, to restore order in Central African Republic, where some UN officials have warned of a possible genocide. 1500 GMT (CENTRAFRICA-UNREST-UN)

Football: Simone given Lausanne job

Former Italy striker Marco Simone has been put in charge of Swiss top-flight strugglers Lausanne until the end of the season. Simone, who played for AC Milan, Paris Saint-Germain and Monaco and had a spell in charge of the Principality side when they were in the French second tier in 2011-12, has been officially named as technical director as he does not currently hold the necessary licence to work as a coach in Switzerland. The club say that Simone will give the coaching reins to Frenchman Henri Atamaniuk.

Swiss F/A-18 fighter jet crashes, 2 crew missing from training run

GENEVA - A Swiss fighter jet crashed in poor weather in central Switzerland on Wednesday, and the pilot and a passenger were missing with little chance they survived, the military said. The Swiss Federal Department of Defence confirmed the F/A-18 two-seater fighter jet went down in the afternoon near a military airport in Alpnachstad in the Lake Lucerne region. It later said in a statement that a military investigation was under way but "there is little hope that the crew survived the accident."

Football: UEFA fine Basel over Greenpeace banner

Swiss club FC Basel were Thursday fined 30,000 euros over crowd trouble and a high-profile protest by Greenpeace against Gazprom, the Russian energy group that sponsors their Champions League rivals Schalke. In a statement, UEFA said its disciplinary body had decided to punish Basel for the incidents that took place on October 1 when they hosted the German club at the St. Jakob-Park stadium. It blamed Basel for "insufficient organisation" at the match, where UEFA boss Michel Platini was in the crowd.
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