Posts Tagged ‘Champions League’

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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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Platini: Shame on you

October 16, 2008

I’m still in shock after the UEFA sanction against Atletico de Madrid. Since when UEFA think that they can sanction how the Spanish Police Corp act? Who they think they are, the UN? Does Platini know what fair play is? I don’t think so. It seems that he can’t accept that his countrymen are doing rather bad in the group and wants to give them a hand.

By closing the Vicente Calderón Stadium for 2 games they’re setting a very dangerous precedent and I hope that it blows in their hands, as it’s a disgrace for football. The Police have leaked the videos that they took showing the Marseille savages throwing to the policemen heads the chairs that they had previously ripped off from the stadium. Let’s hope that the Atletico de Madrid appeal goes through!

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Atletico de Madrid 2 – Marseille 1: Giant Step Forward

October 4, 2008

Sergio Agüero led the second Atletico de Madrid win in two Group D appearances with a 2-1 victory over Olympique de Marseille as the UEFA Champions League made a triumphant return to the Vicente Calderón after 12 years. The Argentinean took just four minutes to show his endless class with a world class opener and although Mamadou Niang equalised soon after, Raúl García scored the winner midway through the first half.

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Atletico de Madrid v Marseille Preview

October 1, 2008

Atletico de Madrid hope to overcome the disappointment from last Sunday by achieving the second victory in the Champions League against Marseille.

It seems that Atletico are not coming in their best moment after losing to Sevilla 1-0 and after injuries and fatigue caught up with Aguirre’s team. Now Atletico are facing their toughest month in October, including league games against FC Barcelona and Real Madrid.

“We have to go out with the same attitude that we had before playing PSV Eindhoven, which is to go out and play football,” Aguirre said. “We’re at home and that’s something to take into account.”

Aguirre will be able to count with Heitinga, but fellow defenders Seitaridis and Pablo Ibañez are out after picking up knocks against Sevilla, while midfielder Maniche hasn’t recovered from the back injury that he picked in Getafe.

Striker Diego Forlan and forward Simao Sabrosa are missing due to injury, and their absence has deprived Aguero of adequate rest after a lengthy summer.

Aguirre conceded that he may have to field an untested team, but The ‘Vasco’ hopes the circumstances will serve to motivate his team.

“It’s true we have various players out to injury and (Ever) Banega left the Sevilla match with an ankle injury, but this is a Champions League game and that cures everything. The players are very motivated,” Aguirre said.

From their part, Marseille must get a result or risk damaging its chances of getting out of the group.

“We’re obliged to get a result and we’re going for that since we started the competition badly,” Niang said. “We have to catch up, whether it be at Madrid, PSV or Liverpool. We know it won’t be easy because Atletico Madrid is a team in form at the moment.”

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Forlan on the side-line for a month

September 17, 2008

After leaving the pitch in the 29th minute of Atlético Madrid’s victory over PSV Eindhoven Diego Forlan will now face at least 3-4 weeks on the sidelines…

Happiness wasn’t complete last night among Alteti squad and fans. Even after a superb victory over PSV we can’t be totally satisfied. Javier Aguirre expressed it this way:

“We are not completely happy because of the injury to Forlan. We hope that he is not out for long and that he recovers soon because he is an important player for the team,” explained the manager.

The Uruguayan striker didn’t join the squad to face Valladolid at last weekend after returning from international duty late and he will now miss Atlético’s next Champions League game against Marseille as well as league encounters.

The injury occurred in the 27th minute when Forlan was running after a long ball and from the beginning it was believed that he may have punctured a muscle in his right leg. The news means that Aguirre will have to rely on Sinama Pongolle upfront alongside Sergio Agüero for the next month or so.

The injury will be re-assessed on Wednesday when it will be revealed what the full extent of the damage is and the likely lay-off period.

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Agüero is from another galaxy

September 17, 2008

Sergio ‘Kun’ Agüero showed what he’s capable of to the whole of Europe by scoring the very first goal of this year’s tournament and adding a second magnificent goal in Atleti’s win over a PSV

Champions League winners PSV Eindhoven were couldn’t stop a very inspired Sergio Agüero that lead Atlético Madrid in the Philips Stadion on Tuesday night as the Spanish team ran out 3-0 winners in this Group D opening clash.

The game, which was predicted to be an even affair, turned out to be completely controlled by the Spanish side, who showed not to be nervous on their return to the competition after an eleven-year absence.

Their creativity and flair was simply too much for the Dutch champions on the night and two goals from Agüero in the first half followed by a lone Maniche strike after half time meant Javier Aguirre will be smiling all the way back to Madrid.

PSV EINDHOVEN 0-3 ATLÉTICO MADRID

0-1 Sergio Agüero 9′

0-2 Sergio Agüero 36′

0-3 Maniche 54′

PSV: Isaksson, Salcido, Brechet (74` Rodríguez), Marcellis, Pieters, Simmons, E. Méndez, Afellay (70` Lazovic), Cullina (46` Bakkal), Amrabat, Koevermans

Atlético Madrid: Leo Franco, Perea, Ujfalusi, Heitinga, Antonio López, Paulo Assunçao, Maniche (65` Banega), Luis García, Simao, Forlán (31` Pongolle), Agüero (62` Raúl García)

Bookings: Brechet 40′, Méndez 47′ – Paulo Assunçao 25′, Perea 86′