FC Basel face UEFA action after protest during Schalke match

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"Inadequate organisation" - that's the charge faced by FC Basel after their UEFA Champions League home match against Schalke was interrupted by Greenpeace protestors.

UEFA have charged the Swiss club for failing to prevent the situation from occurring.

Protestors descended from the roof at St. Jakob-Park shortly after kick-off with a bright yellow banner protesting Gazprom - the largest Russian-owned extractor of natural gas in the world, who are also sponsors of Schalke and the Champions League itself.

The banner read "Gazprom: Don't Foul The Arctic".

The activists were removed then arrested before the match resumed, and it is thought they entered the roof of the stadium via an adjacent building.

Basel president Bernhard Heusler said he felt his club were victims, and it was unfair that the game had been used as a vehicle for political protest.

Meanwhile, Schalke General manager Horst Heldt said he understood the protest.

He was quoted by the Bild newspaper saying: "It is important that there are organisations that are committed to things that concern all people.

"I can identify with it, these are topics that are important to everyone."

The game was delayed by approximately four minutes shortly after kick-off, with Schalke sealing a 1-0 victory over the home side.

The implications of this charge against FC Basel are yet to be reported.

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