UEFA has ordered Atletico Madrid to fill ‘at least 5,000 seats’ at the Wanda Metropolitano for the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final against Manchester City on Wednesday.
This comes after several Spanish fans appeared to give Nazi salutes during their 1-0 first-leg defeat at the Etihad Stadium last week, and Greater Manchester Police charged one away fan with suspected racist abuse.
“The UEFA Appeals Body has announced the following decision, which will affect the attendance of supporters at UEFA matches,” UEFA said in a statement.
On Wednesday night, the Spanish club was also forced to display a banner with the phrase “#NoToRacism” and the UEFA emblem.
Following the display of a racist flag during the Europa League final against Marseille in 2019, the La Liga club was forced to temporarily close its stadium due to suspected discriminatory behavior for the second time.
Diego Simeone’s side faces Manchester City in the second leg after losing 1-0 to Mallorca in the Spanish top flight last weekend, while the Citizens drew 2-2 with Premier League title rivals, Liverpool.
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