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Football: Spanish Minister Blasts ‘Deeply Unfair’ Atletico Ruling

Posted on: November 21, 2008

MADRID : The decision by sport’s highest court to uphold a ruling that Atletico Madrid must play a Champions League match in an empty stadium because of alleged racist behaviour by its fans is “deeply unfair”, Spanish Interior Minister Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba said Friday.

“I think it is deeply unfair. I express my full solidarity with Atletico, I spoke last night with the president of the club,” he told public radio RNE.

“I really regret it because if you look at it closely, first they punished them for racist offences and when it was shown that they did not take place they sanctioned them for the way police handled it,” he said.

“I am a football fan, I watch matches every Sunday and if you punish Atletico Madrid for this, stadiums would not open in half of Europe,” he added.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) halved Thursday a fine for Atletico Madrid to 75,000 euros (94,000 dollars) after its fans appeared to chant racist insults during a Champions League fixture against Marseille on October 1.

But the court said that Atletico’s upcoming Champions League match in their Vicente Calderon stadium against PSV Eindhoven on Wednesday will still have to be played behind closed doors.

European football’s top governing body UEFA had on October 14 imposed a two-match spectators ban and a fine of 150,000 euros, but then reduced it to a one-match ban.

Atletico then appealed the ruling to CAS, arguing that UEFA did not have evidence to prove its fans were racist and violent during the match.

– AFP /ls

Channel News Asia

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Football: Spanish Minister Blasts ‘Deeply Unfair’ Atletico Ruling

Posted on: November 21, 2008

MADRID : The decision by sport’s highest court to uphold a ruling that Atletico Madrid must play a Champions League match in an empty stadium because of alleged racist behaviour by its fans is “deeply unfair”, Spanish Interior Minister Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba said Friday.

“I think it is deeply unfair. I express my full solidarity with Atletico, I spoke last night with the president of the club,” he told public radio RNE.

“I really regret it because if you look at it closely, first they punished them for racist offences and when it was shown that they did not take place they sanctioned them for the way police handled it,” he said.

“I am a football fan, I watch matches every Sunday and if you punish Atletico Madrid for this, stadiums would not open in half of Europe,” he added.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) halved Thursday a fine for Atletico Madrid to 75,000 euros (94,000 dollars) after its fans appeared to chant racist insults during a Champions League fixture against Marseille on October 1.

But the court said that Atletico’s upcoming Champions League match in their Vicente Calderon stadium against PSV Eindhoven on Wednesday will still have to be played behind closed doors.

European football’s top governing body UEFA had on October 14 imposed a two-match spectators ban and a fine of 150,000 euros, but then reduced it to a one-match ban.

Atletico then appealed the ruling to CAS, arguing that UEFA did not have evidence to prove its fans were racist and violent during the match.

– AFP /ls

Channel News Asia

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