UEFA Sanctions Atlético Madrid For Partially Closing Their Stadium During Manchester City Champions League Quarter-Final 

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Atlético was charged with discriminatory behaviour by their supporters during the first leg of the quarter-final at the Etihad Stadium. 

On Wednesday, UEFA has ordered a partial closure of Atlético Madrid’s stadium for Manchester City’s visit to the Champions League quarter-finals. 

This week, the Blues travel to the Spanish capital to conclude their last-eight meeting with the La Liga champions. Pep Guardiola’s side has a 1-0 advantage from the first leg of the quarter-finals at the Etihad Stadium, courtesy of Kevin De Bruyne’s strike.

The first match was played out in a tensive environment, with Manchester City stretched by their visitors’ style. Incidents related to Atlético supporters also led to UEFA opening disciplinary proceedings against the club. 

UEFA made mentioned its decision for its Ethical and Governing Body to handle the situation the previous Friday. UEFA confirmed Atlético will bear the consequences of their action, by implementing a partial closure of the Wanda Metropolitano ahead of their clash with Manchester City. 

Part of the club’s stadium will now be shut down for the second match, with Atlético sanctioned to have at least 5,000 of its seats unoccupied. A statement from UEFA said the action had been called due to the ‘discriminatory behavior of its (Atlético’s) supporters.’

Atlético has also been ordered to display a banner displaying the wording ‘#NoToRacism’ during Wednesday’s game. The measures come after the Spanish club was charged with discriminatory behaviour and the throwing of objects by supporters during the first leg.

Manchester City will try to secure a spot in the last four of the UEFA Champions League tournament when they lock horns with Atlético Madrid on Wednesday. However, they will find out their potential opponents for the last four.

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