THE fine handed down to Napoli after hundreds of Swans supporters missed a chunk of the Europa League clash has been condemned as a “token” punishment.
The Italian club has been fined £21,500 by Uefa after nearly 700 fans missed the first 20 minutes of the match at Stadio San Paolo.
The Jack Army had been advised to avoid public transport and instead use police escorted buses because of concerns about potential clashes with Napoli supporters, and delays meant they missed the Jonathan de Guzman goal in a match Swansea eventually lost 3-1.
Swans fan, Guto Llewelyn, who was among the travelling supporters, has criticised the size of the fine.
He said: “Swansea fans paid hundreds of pounds to get to Napoli, simply to support the club.
“To then be held back on buses for hours, forcing the vast majority to miss around a third of the game, was disrespectful and unfair to say the least.
“The meagre fine from Uefa can be paid with money Napoli find behind the sofa. We are not the first fans to suffer in this way, and because of Uefa’s tokenistic punishment, we will not be the last.”
Following the game, a Swansea City spokesman described the fans’ treatment in Italy as deplorable.
He added: “Our supporters were impeccably behaved in Italy and were again a credit to the club. For them to be treated in this manner is totally unacceptable.”