June 14, 2024

Atletico Madrid – Man City’; Disciplinary inspector to investigate ugly scenes at the end of Champions League quarter-final 

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Atletico Madrid – Man City; UEFA set to appoint disciplinary inspector to investigate ugly scenes at the end of Champions League quarter-final second leg.

After their Champions League quarter-final with Manchester City on Wednesday ended in nasty scenes on and off the ground, Atletico Madrid is poised to face UEFA action.

City earned a hard-fought goalless draw in the second leg at the Wanda Metropolitano on Wednesday night, advancing to the semi-finals with a 1-0 aggregate victory.

UEFA may appoint ethics and disciplinary investigator to conduct a thorough investigation into what happened during Atletico Madrid – Man City clash and will await and review reports from the referee and match delegate on the incident.

City, with 1-0 lead from last week’s first leg, withstood a barrage of pressure, intense provocation from a fired-up Atletico and a hostile atmosphere to reach the semi-finals after a hard-fought goalless draw.

Following a clumsy tackle by Felipe on Phil Foden, the two sets of players collided, causing tempers to rise.

Stefan Savic lost his head as he dragged Felipe back into the ground before seeming to headbutt Raheem Sterling after his hack left the forward in a heap.

Savic then took his rage out on England star Jack Grealish, with the pair exchanging words during the altercation before the former City defender was seen yanking Grealish’s hair – but the antagonism increased in the tunnel.

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Marcos Llorente was seen throwing an object in the direction of Aymeric Laporte in the tunnel area, while there appeared to be a physical altercation later in a clip circulating online, and there were reports objects were thrown at members of the opposite camps. 

Pep Guardiola was showered by bottles raining from the stands as he ran down the tunnel. 

Four local policemen, dressed in riot gear, rushed down towards the dressing rooms on a shameful night for the Spanish champions.  

Guardiola later said he had ‘nothing to say’ in relation to the trouble but did add that ‘everyone saw the action’.

Action by UEFA would come just days after Atletico were hit with a partial stadium closure for the second leg against City for the ‘discriminatory behaviour’ of their fans during the game in Manchester last week.

That punishment was suspended just hours before the match on Wednesday following an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

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