Atletico Madrid fined and given partial stadium closure
UEFA has fined Atletico Madrid 10,000 euros (£8,270) and ordered a partial stadium closure after fans racially abused Manchester City youth players in a match played last month.
Former England striker Andy Cole’s son Devante, 18, was among the players representing City’s elite development squad at Atletico’s Estadio Cerro del Espino reserve ground on February 26.
Following an investigation into alleged incidents of racism that took place during the match, a statement published by UEFA announced the governing body had imposed a ‘partial stadium closure at the next UEFA Youth League home match of Club Atletico de Madrid Youth and a fine of E10,000.
Atletico had been charged with ‘improper conduct of the team and racist behaviour of their supporters’.
It is understood that the abuse got so bad at one point that a UEFA official made a tannoy announcement at half-time requesting that abuse be stopped.
The bad blood continued, however, and Cole was then spat at as he left the field at the end of the game. A report of the game on City’s website hinted at a hostile atmosphere.
It said: ‘A first half strike from Devante Cole was enough for the young blues to overcome a determined Atletico side in front of a vocal home crowd eager to play their part in intimidating Patrick Vieira’s men.’