As a punishment for its fans’ actions, UEFA has ordered the partial shutdown of Atletico Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano Stadium for the Champions League quarterfinal second leg against Manchester City on Wednesday.
Atlético was beaten 1-0 by City in the first leg of their quarterfinal last week. Kevin de Bruyne strike in the 70th minute. The fans were accused of discriminatory behavior and throwing items at them.
After the first leg of their Champions League quarterfinal, City led 1-0 thanks to a Kevin de Bruyne goal. According to the Press Association, Atleti supporters were also seen performing Nazi salutes during their team’s defeat.
In response, the UEFA Appeals Body sanctioned the club by ordering the closure of a section of the stadium consisting of at least 5,000 seats.
Fifa stated, “Disciplinary proceedings have been instigated in accordance with Article 55 of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations (DR) following the UEFA Champions League quarter-final match between Manchester City FC, and Club Atlético de Madrid (1-0) played on 5 April 2022 in England.”
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The punishment is for alleged discriminatory behavior by Atletico fans. The stadium’s capacity is currently scheduled to be lowered to 63,456. The City allocation for the game will not be affected.
The Wanda Metropolitano Stadium was built in 2017 to replace the now-demolished Estadio Vicente Calderon. It hosted the Champions League final between Liverpool and Tottenham in May 2019. Liverpool won the match 2-0.
The UEFA Appeals Body has announced the following decision that would affect supporters’ attendance to UEFA matches,” read a UEFA statement on Monday evening.
“To order the partial closure of the Club Atletico de Madrid stadium during the next (one) UEFA competition match in which Club Atletico de Madrid would play as the host club, for the discriminatory behavior of its supporters.”
“Club Atletico de Madrid shall inform the sector(s) to be closed before the match, which shall at least comprehend 5,000 seats.”
“To order Club Atletico de Madrid to implement the following directive in the next UEFA competition match which the club shall play as the host club: to display a banner with the wording ‘#NoToRacism’ – with the UEFA logo on it.”
This is the second time UEFA has ordered Atletico Madrid to shut a section of their stadium following charges of racism. During the Spanish club’s 3-0 Europa League final triumph against Marseille in 2019, a racist flag was spotted among the fans.