Conference League

UEFA suspends Bodø/Glimt manager Kjetil Knutsen and Roma’s Nuno Santos

Bodo Glimt coach Kjetil Knutsen
John Solano

UEFA’s Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body handed down a double suspension to FK Bodø/Glimt boss Kjetil Knutsen and Roma goalkeeper coach Nuno Santos.

The two came to blows at full-time last Thursday after the Norweigian side defeated Roma 2-1 in the first leg of their Conference League quarterfinals tie.

“FK Bodø/Glimt head coach, Mr. Kjetil Knutsen, and AS Roma goalkeeper coach, Mr. Nuno Santos, are provisionally suspended for the next UEFA club competition matches,” UEFA announced.

“They’ll be suspended until the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body decides on the merits of the case, in accordance with Article 49 of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations (DR), for prima facie violations of Articles 11(2)(b) and 15(1)(g) DR.”

As a result, the pair will miss Thursday’s second leg in Rome and could miss additional matches if UEFA’s Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body opts to implement further discipline.

It didn’t take long for FK Bodø/Glimt to respond to the new. The Norwegians expressed their shock at UEFA’s decision and intend to file and appeal.

They wrote, “We are surprised and shocked by the decision from UEFA. We will appeal, and will work with it throughout the evening.”

“Beyond that, we currently have no comments and will not respond to inquiries from the media before a meeting later tonight.”