Atletico Madrid ordered to partially close stadium by UEFA

UEFA has ordered Atletico Madrid to partially close its stadium for its next home match in European competition.

Atletico Madrid's Wanda Metropolitano   -  Getty Images

Atletico Madrid has been ordered to partially close its stadium for its first home game of the 2018-19 Champions League group stage by UEFA.

The Spanish giant was charged by European football's governing body after fans displayed what it deemed as a "racist" banner during its Europa League final victory against Marseille in May.

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Omnisport understands the charge relates to a flag inside Groupama Stadium that appeared to be styled like a Nazi war ensign.

As punishment, Atletico must close a section of the Wanda Metropolitano that includes at least 3,000 seats for its next home game in UEFA competition. The club has also been issued a €2,000 fine for setting off fireworks in Lyon.

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