UEFA fines Van Bommel for gestures against Real Madrid

Bayern Munich midfielder Mark van Bommel was fined EUR6,200 (US$8,200) by UEFA on Thursday for making insulting gestures to fans after scoring in the Champions League last week.

Van Bommel, who used to play for Madrid's archrival FC Barcelona, scored Bayern's late second goal in its 3-2 second-round defeat on Feb. 20 at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium. He then made two inappropriate gesture to supporters.

Van Bommel also had a one-match ban suspended for one year, meaning he can play in the second leg against Madrid on March 7, reports AP.

The 29-year-old Dutchman was ordered to be "at the disposal of UEFA" to promote fair play during a youth competition later this year, European soccer's governing body said on its Web site.

Van Bommel apologized for his actions, but said he had been insulted by a Madrid player about his Barcelona connections. He didn't name the player.

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