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UEFA Orders Partial Closure Of Atletico Stadium For City Match

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UEFA on Monday ordered the partial closure of Atletico Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano Stadium for their Champions League quarter-final second leg match against Manchester City on Wednesday over the “discriminatory behaviour” of their supporters.

Kevin De Bruyne’s 70th minute goal earned Manchester City a 1-0 win at home in the first leg last Tuesday, after which the Spanish side were charged, with the offences of their fans including throwing of objects.

Atletico Madrid fans during the UEFA Champions League match between Manchester City and Atletico Madrid at the Etihad Stadium.

The Appeals Body of European football’s governing body said it had ordered a partial closure of Atletico’s stadium in the next UEFA competition match they host.

“Club Atletico de Madrid shall inform prior to the match, the sector(s) to be closed, which shall at least comprehend 5,000 seats,” UEFA said in a statement.

It also ordered Atletico to display a banner with the wording “#NoToRacism” and the UEFA logo on it.

Chidi Nwoke/Reuters.

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