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Real Madrid Punished for Racist Chants

The incident took place against Bayern Munich.

Denis Doyle

Sorry to bring a stain upon a celebratory week, but reports have come out that UEFA has handed out a partial stadium ban on Real Madrid due to "incidents during their UEFA Champions League semi-final first leg against FC Bayern München in the Spanish capital on 23 April."

Because of this, the Santiago Bernabeu will be partially closed for Real Madrid's next UEFA competition home game, specifically sections 120 and 122. The club is also required to display a banner which states, "No To Racism" because UEFA apparently thinks that banners, rather than real punishments, stop people from being scumbags.

Real Madrid is familiar with this kind of nonsense as Marcelo was heavily abused after the team's 2-2 draw against Atleti at the Calderon earlier this season. Now, it's our fanbase's turn to be embarrassed for looking bad because of some idiots running their mouths and spewing their garbage. This isn't the first time this season that a Liga's fanbase has been accused of racist chants and shouts and it's not likely to end any time soon by the looks of the actions taken by disciplinary committees. Villarreal was fined a measly £10,000 (!) after an idiot threw a banana at Dani Alves so what are two closed off sections going to do for a club of Madrid's size, hit them in the wallet somehow? Give me a break.

This is embarrassing for everyone associated with this club and needs to stop. Immediately. However, UEFA and the powers that be sure don't seem like it's high on their list of priorities based on the "punishments" handed out, which is a real shame. No sorry, sham.

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