UEFA hands Atletico Madrid punishment ahead of crucial Man City clash

Atletico Madrid has been charged with discriminatory behaviour by UEFA.

After fans gave Nazi salutes during the first leg, Atletico Madrid has been ordered to close a section of their stadium for their Champions League return match against Manchester City.

For Wednesday’s quarter-final decider against Pep Guardiola’s team at the 68,456-capacity Wanda Metropolitano, the Spanish side must ensure that at least 5,000 seats — in home sections – are not full, stated one of the statements by the UEFA site.

UEFA launched an investigation after the game and their appeals body on Monday announced the penalty. They have informed the club that they will face a ‘partial shutdown’ as a result of its supporters’ discriminating behaviour. Officials must tell UEFA in advance of the match about the section or sections that will be closed, with a total of 5,000 seats left unoccupied.

Atletico has also been ordered to display a banner with the UEFA logo and the words “#NoToRacism.”

The match drew around 2,100 Atletico Madrid fans to Manchester. Some were accused of spitting on City supporters, and a steward was also assaulted, according to reports.

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