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UEFA penalty: Insufficient ban reduction

November 1, 2008

Atletico de Madrid’s two-match home stadium ban for Champions League games has been reduced to one match played behind closed doors following an appeal, UEFA said in a statement yesterday.

Los Rojiblancos had originally been ordered to play their next two European fixtures at least 300km outside Madrid, with a home stadium ban for a third game if there was further trouble.

Atletico were punished after crowd problems marred their Champions League home match with Olympique Marseille on Oct 1st after the savage French destroyed the seats of the stadium and attacked the police.

The appeals body said Atletico would now have to play their next Group D home Champions League game, against PSV Eindhoven on Nov. 26, without any spectators.

A further match behind closed doors will be imposed for any further incidents that take place in the next two years.

The original sanctions were handed down following crowd trouble during their 2-1 win over Marseille, including alleged racist chanting by the Madrid fans.

I attended that game in Vicente Calderón Stadium and I still can’t believe that, first, UEFA are judging the actions of the Spanish Police Body, it’s just unbelievable. Regarding the racist chanting, is it our fault that they can’t distinguish between Uh uh uh uh uh and Kun Kun Kun Kun? I don’t think so.

The appeals body upheld the two-match ban on Atletico coach Javier Aguirre, who was accused of insulting a Marseille player.

The original fine of €150,000 against the club will also stand.

Obviously Atletico will appleal the Court of Arbitration for Sport to claim justice.

Here is a very self explanatory video of how the Marseille fans behaved in El Calderón:

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UEFA should sort out their unfair penalty

October 31, 2008

Atlético de Madrid have traveled to Lyon to defend today their appeal against the UEFA’s ground ban following incidents at a Champions League game. UEFA ordered Atletico to play their next two European games at a stadium at least 300 kilometres (200 miles) from Madrid as punishment for allegued crowd disturbances and racist insults against Marseille players during the October 1 match.

Atletico are showing videos taken by the Spanish police showing that the Marseille fans started the disturbances by ripping off seats and throwing them to the police. They’re also showing the referee act where they don’t reflect any racist insult.

From Atletico de Madrid Fans we firmly believe that is nothing but a personal vendetta from Platini after their countrymen are being the embarrassment of the Champions League, last in the group with zero points.

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Simao out for 3 weeks

September 26, 2008

Atlético Madrid’s victory against Getafe came at a high cost as both Maniche and Simao left the field injured….

Atlético Madrid won’t be able to cout with Forlan and Simao for the crucial next games against Sevilla, Marseille, Barcelona potentially Liverpool.

Simao was confirmed to have twisted his knee in the game against Getafe and will be out for around three weeks. Maniche on the other hand will probably only miss the Sevilla match whilst Forlán is known to be out for around another three weeks too.

However, we should feel optimistic as so far Aguirre has rotated the team quite successfully so far this season. Probably Maniche’s absence will be covered by Raul García or even Banega, whilst Simao will be replaced by Luis García, who has performed very good against PSV and Recreativo.

Los Rojiblancos have been one of the in-form sides of the season so far, beating both Recreativo and Málaga by four goals to nil and then beating Getafe 2-1. That latest win means that they currently sit third in the league behind Villarreal and rivals Real Madrid.

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Is the team deep enough for three competitions?

September 8, 2008

It has happened to a number of teams that, after qualifying for UEFA or Champions League, they struggled to play a recent role in the national league. The cases of Celta and Real Sociedad come to my mind. Only squads with two players per position manage to handle to perform good in both competitions. Regarding this issue, Miguel de las Cuevas seems confident that Atletico is one of those teams.

Focusing on squad depth, he added, “Our manager is going to use everyone. I think that we have a good enough squad to form two teams. We’re in three competitions and there are going to be opportunities for all of us in the first team, and even for those in the reserve sides. We want to win lots of games and we all have a strong desire.

“The squad has been working hard for a long time and needs a break. A few days of vacation is going to be good for us, to go home and rest.”

It is still to be seen if the team will be able to cope with a season that started very early, due to the Champions League qualifying games. My biggest concern relies on how much does the team rely on Forlán and, especially Agüero, as the other lines seem to be well covered, with at least two good players per position.

Miguel de las Cuevas

Miguel de las Cuevas