UEFA sanctions Atletico Madrid for racism at Man City Champions League clash

Atletico Madrid's players applaud supporters on the pitch after their Uefa Champions League Quarter-final first leg match against Manchester City. /AFP

Atletico Madrid has been ordered to close part of their stadium and display a huge anti-racism sign at their Champions League return match with Manchester City, UEFA announced on Monday.

European football chiefs said Atletico Madrid fans had shown ‘discriminatory behaviour’ during the first leg of the quarter-final at Manchester City.

Spanish sports daily Marca ran a video last week of Atletico fans making a Nazi salute during the game.

UEFA told Atletico it must close a section of at least 5000 seats and place a ‘#NoToRacism’ banner in the gap.

The Spanish champions lost the opener 1-0 on April 5 and host City in Madrid in the second leg on April 13.