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Reds given Madrid go-ahead
16 Oct 2008 - 17:05:16
Liverpool's Champions League meeting with Atletico Madrid next week will take place at their Vicente Calderon home after UEFA temporarily lifted a stadium ban imposed on the Spanish club.
The location of the game on Tuesday October 22 was thrown into doubt earlier in the week after Atletico were hit with a two-game ban following crowd disturbances during their Champions League meeting with Marseille last month.
Liverpool chief executive Rick Parry and manager Rafael Benitez both urged UEFA to rethink the timing of the ban, which stated the game must take place at least 300 kilometres from Madrid.
And now European football's governing body has ruled that the game can take place as planned after agreeing to hear an appeal from Atletico.
"After immediate consideration of the request for suspension and having considered in particular the organisational and logistical difficulties related to relocating the match to another venue at short notice, the chairman of the appeals body has decided to grant the request for suspension of the sanctions," read a UEFA statement.
"Consequently, UEFA can confirm that the Champions League match will take place as scheduled on 22 October at the Vicente Calderon Stadium in Madrid.
"It should be emphasised that suspension of the sanctions does not mean that the decision of the control and disciplinary body has been set aside.
"The decision remains in force pending a full hearing of the appeal which will take place on Friday 31 October at the UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland."