Atlético Madrid v Manchester City

Atletico's partial stadium closure suspended for Champions League clash with Manchester City

12:55 SAST 2022/04/13
The Spanish side were ordered to close a section of their stadium for a showdown with the Premier League giants on Wednesday

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has suspended UEFA's order for the partial closure of Atletico Madrid's stadium for the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie against Manchester City.

European football's governing body confirmed the punishment this week after the club was charged due to their fans' discriminatory behaviour and throwing of objects during the first leg clash at Etihad Stadium.

Atletico have successfully appealed the decision, however, and all fans with tickets will be allowed to attend the fixture.

What has been said?

UEFA gave the order on Monday after an investigation into the supporters' behaviour.

"To order the partial closure of the Club Atlético de Madrid stadium during the next (1) UEFA competition match in which Club Atlético de Madrid would play as the host club, for the discriminatory behaviour of its supporters," a statement read.

"Club Atlético de Madrid shall inform prior to the match, the sector(s) to be closed, which shall at least comprehend 5,000 seats."

The statement added: "To order Club Atlético 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."

How have Atletico responded?

GOAL confirmed on Monday the Spanish side felt the punishment is disproportionate and decided to appeal against the decision.

They said on Wednesday: "[CAS] granted our request and suspended the partial closure of the Wanda Metropolitano; all members and fans with a season ticket or seat for tonight's game will be able to access the stadium."

City have the upper hand in the quarter-final clash against Diego Simeone's team.

Pep Guardiola's side won the first-leg fixture 1-0 thanks to a Kevin De Bruyne goal and the two teams will meet again on Wednesday at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.

The winner of the tie will progress to the semi-finals, where they will meet Real Madrid, who conquered Chelsea 5-4 on aggregate in their quarter-final.

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