Atletico Madrid Escape Stadium Ban After Griezmann Abusive Chants

Atletico Madrid escaped major punishment on Wednesday after its fans made threatening chants against former player Antoine Griezmann during Sunday’s Laliga clash against Barcelona.

The Spanish league had denounced the club after some Atletico Madrid fans chanted ‘Griezmann die’ in the game which Barcelona won 1-0.

The Spanish football federation said it would fine Atletico Madrid 301 euros (£282) because the game was disrupted, but it did not cite the chants against Griezmann.

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On Tuesday, Spanish radio station Cadena Cope reported on Tuesday that the could have parts of their stadium closed as a punishment but they have avoided that sanction.

The fine was prompted mainly because fans threw objects – including an umbrella – onto the field.

The Spanish league had denounced the club to the federation’s anti-violence committee, saying about 2,000 fans from Atletico’s ‘ultras’ section made the chants for about 20 seconds before the start of the second half, and again later in the game.

Griezmann left Atletico Madrid for Barcelona at the end of last season in a transfer worth £108m.

Playing in the Wanda Metropolitano for the first time since departing, the 2018 FIFA World Cup winner was jeered by Atletico fans every time he touched the ball.

Barcelona went on to win the tight contest thanks to Lionel Messi’s 86th minute strike.
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