Atletico ban reduced by court of arbitration25 November 2008

The Court of Arbitration in Sport has partially eased the sanctions imposed on Atletico Madrid after the incidents that arose during their Champions League match against Marseille.

Sitting in Lausanne, Switzerland, the Court confirmed that Atletico must play a match behind closed doors while reducing the club's fine.

The Court agreed that Atletico Madrid “committed several serious security breaches” during the Champions League match on October 1st, but said that “the racist acts alleged by UEFA could not be established with certainty”.

Atletico will have to play their next match in Group D of the Champions League on November 26th against PSV Eindhoven behind closed doors.

The second match behind closed doors was cancelled. The fine of 150,000 Euros imposed by UEFA was reduced to 75,000 Euros.