Last Monday, April 11, the UEFA Appeals Committee informed our club of the imposition of two sanctions after the first leg of the quarterfinals of the Champions League held in Manchester, as a result of the report drafted by the UEFA delegate. The report stated that a fan displayed a flag with a forbidden symbol, which led to the imposition of a sanction of partial closure of the Wanda Metropolitano stadium, specifically of 5.000 seats. The second, as a result of the throwing of eight objects, sanctioned with a fine of 5.250€.
Atleti considered the first of the sanctions to be absolutely disproportionate and, moreover, impossible to enforce in view of the second leg match to be played this Wednesday, with all the tickets sold and with no margin of time to apply it. The Spanish authorities also warned of the serious risk to public order that the implementation of these measures could pose, as reflected in several reports.
For these reasons, the club asked TAS for precautionary measures to the sanction imposed. UEFA itself has understood the situation and has agreed to postpone the sanction to the next game of European competition that we play in our stadium, while, in turn, TAS has decided this morning to grant the precautionary suspension. Therefore, all members and fans with a season ticket or ticket for tonight's game will be able to access the Wanda Metropolitano.
Our fans are the club's main asset, we are proud of them and they have demonstrated on countless occasions their loyalty, passion and affection for Atleti. It is intolerable that these actions, by one or several people, tarnish the image of a fan base that has massively demonstrated its excellent behavior.
The club will not tolerate any behavior prohibited by UEFA regulations or by the National Commission Against Violence, nor violent, racist, xenophobic acts or acts that damage the image of Atleti.
The individual behavior of some people cannot damage the image of all Atleti fans, causing everyone to pay the consequences of their actions.
In this sense, we request the essential and necessary collaboration of the authorities, security forces and bodies, as well as that of other clubs, to pursue, identify and punish those responsible for these acts.
Likewise, we also request the collaboration of all Atleti fans, and we encourage anyone who is aware of or witnesses any improper behavior by our fans, both at home games and on trips to other stadiums, to inform the club through the e-mail [email protected] so that the security department can investigate it as appropriate in each case.