Hefty bans for Agius, Kristensen, Apap and Sanderra after elimination from UEFA Europa Conference League

Hibernians were fined €13,500 while three players, the coach and the team manager were suspended following the UEFA Europa Conference League third qualifying round against Figa FC.

The Paolites had won the first leg 1-0 in Riga but in the second leg, a goal six minutes in added time enabled Riga to force extra-time and go on to win by scoring another two goals to reach the play-off round to win 4-1.

A series of controversial decisions throughout the game by Irish referee Rob Hennessy sparked harsh protests by the Paolites.

Andrei Agius and Bjorn Kristensen were handed a five-match ban while Ferdinando Apap was suspended for four matches.

Coach Stefano Sanderra and team manager Jesmond Abela were also banned for five matches.

The Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body has decided:
• To fine Hibernians FC €8,500 for the improper conduct of the team.
• To fine Hibernians FC €5,000 for crowd disturbances.
• The above fines in the total amount of €13,500 must be paid within 90 days of communication of this decision.
• To suspend Hibernians FC player, Mr. Ferdinando Apap, for the next four (4) UEFA club competition matches
for which he would be otherwise eligible, for insulting a match official, i.e. for spitting at him.
• To suspend Hibernians FC player, Mr. Andrei Agius, for the next five (5) UEFA club competition matches for
which he would be otherwise eligible, for assaulting a match official.
• To suspend Hibernians FC player, Mr. Bjorn Kristensen, for the next five (5) UEFA club competition matches
for which he would be otherwise eligible, for insulting a match official and unsporting conduct.
• To suspend Hibernians FC head-coach, Mr. Stefano Sanderra, for the next five (5) UEFA club competition
matches in which he would otherwise participate, for unsporting conduct.
• To suspend Hibernians FC official, Mr. Jesmond Abela, for the next five (5) UEFA club competition matches in
which he would otherwise participate, for insulting a match official.