FOOTBALL – UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
CASE ATLÉTICO DE MADRID V/ UEFA: THE PARTIAL CLOSURE OF
ATLÉTICO’S STADIUM WILL NOT APPLY TO
THE MATCH ATLÉTICO – MANCHESTER CITY FC OF TODAY
Lausanne, 13 April 2022 - The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has registered an appeal filed by Club Atlético de Madrid, S.A.D. (Atlético), against the decision taken by the UEFA Appeals Body on 11 April 2022 (the Challenged Decision) in which Atlético was held responsible for the alleged racist behaviour and throwing of objects by some of its supporters during the quarter-final match of the UEFA Champions League (UCL) between Manchester City and Atlético on 5 April 2022, in Manchester, and sanctioned with a partial stadium closure (at least 5000 seats) during its next home UEFA competition match and a fine of EUR 5’250.
Together with its appeal, Atlético filed an urgent request for provisional measures to stay the execution of the Challenged Decision until the conclusion of the CAS proceedings in view of the fact that its next home UEFA competition match is scheduled to take place in the evening of 13 April 2022 (return leg of the UCL quarter-final against Manchester City).
Atlético’s urgent request to stay the execution of the Challenged Decision was granted by CAS earlier today, considering the serious repercussions to local security if the partial stadium closure had to be enforced at this late stage. However, the partial closure of 5000 seats of Atlético’s stadium will be automatically lifted after the UEFA Champions League quarterfinal match between Club Atlético de Madrid and Manchester City FC, scheduled for 13 April 2022 at 21h00 (CET).