UEFA orders Atletico to close section over fan's Nazi salute

AP , Monday 11 Apr 2022

After UEFA investigated a fan's Nazi salute, Atletico Madrid has been ordered to close a 5,000-seat section of its stadium when it hosts Manchester City on Wednesday.

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File photo: Atletico Madrid fans wave their scarves and flags during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Atletico Madrid and Athletic Bilbao at Wanda Metropolitano stadium in Madrid, Spain, Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021. AP

The fan was filmed making a Nazi-style gesture during Atletico's 1-0 loss at City in the first leg of their Champions League quarterfinal last Tuesday.

UEFA said last Friday it charged the Spanish club with ``discriminatory behavior.''

On Monday, the next working day, the closure was announced by its appeals body.

The fast-tracked process ensured Atletico serves the sanction in an equally high-profile game against the same opponent, rather than potentially waiting until next season for a group-stage game in a lower-tier competition. Atletico is fourth in La Liga, just one point ahead of the Europa League qualifying place.

The club must close a section of at least 5,000 seats at Metropolitano Stadium for the second leg and display a UEFA banner there saying ``(hash)NoToRacism.''

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