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Besiktas fined after cat invaded pitch in Champions League tie with Bayern Munich

A cat runs on the pitch during the second leg of the last 16 UEFA Champions League football match between Besiktas and Bayern Munich at Vodafone Park

Besiktas have been fined almost £30,000 for a number of offences during their home Champions League tie with Bayern Munich in March.

Among the incidents they have been punished for is one where a cat entered the field of play in the early stages of the second half in the last-16 tie.

With Bayern 7-0 up on aggregate, the animal jumped over an advertising board and ran along the touchline.

In turn, referee Michael Oliver had to stop the match while stewards attempted to catch the cat, which ultimately jumped back into the stands and escaped.

The incident has been described on UEFA's charge sheet as 'insufficient organisation', with Besiktas also disciplined for the 'throwing of objects' and 'stairways blocked'.

during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 Second Leg match Besiktas and Bayern Muenchen at Vodafone Park on March 14, 2018 in Istanbul, Turkey.
Image: Referee Michael Oliver had to stop play while stewards tried to catch the cat, which ultimately escaped

Roma have also been warned for an 'infringement relating to time wasting by ballboys' during their 1-0 win over Shakhtar Donestsk in March.

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With the Italian side defending an away goals lead after losing 2-1 in Ukraine, Shakhtar forward Facundo Ferreyra pushed a ballboy over an advertising board as he felt he was delaying play.

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