• Uefa impose €30,000 sanction on City for being minute late
• Porto fined €20,000 for fans' abuse of Balotelli and Yaya Touré
Uefa caused outrage after fining Manchester City £24,735 for being one minute late back on to the pitch – around £8,000 more than Porto were charged for their fans directing racist abuse at Mario Balotelli and Yaya Touré a month earlier.
In a week when the Football Association has been accused of double standards over its own disciplinary process, European football's governing body shocked City by deeming their time-keeping worse than the monkey chants which marred the Europa League game with Sporting Lisbon last month. City have three days to appeal the decision.
While City were fined €30,000 for taking the field "up to 60 seconds" later than they should have done after half-time against Sporting, Porto were handed only a €20,000 sanction for the abuse during the previous round at the Estádio do Dragão.
Following that game City made an official complaint, after Balotelli informed club officials that he had heard the monkey noises and taunts throughout the first half and then when he was substituted late on. Porto defended themselves, claiming that what was heard was actually chants from both Porto and City fans in support of their players, Hulk and Sergio [Agüero].
Uefa upheld the decision although the fine amount is the same as €20,000 demanded five years ago from the Serbian football federation after supporters racially abused England's black players during their European Under-21 championship match in the Netherlands.
In November ,Uefa's control and disciplinary body fined the Bulgarian Football Union €40,000 after the FA complained of racist chanting by home fans during England's 3-0 win in a Euro 2012 group match at the Vasil Levski stadium.
This was deemed as serious an offence by Uefa as that committed by Arsène Wenger in the second leg of Arsenal's Champions League last-16 tie against Milan at the Emirates Stadium on 6 March, after which the Frenchman was found guilty of a charge of improper conduct relating to his confrontation with the referee, Damir Skomina.
Wenger tried to confront the Slovenian official after the game before criticising him in his post-match comments, after Arsenal were eliminated from the competition.
The Arsenal manager was given a three-match touchline ban and fined €40,000 by Uefa's control and disciplinary body.