Reds welcome ban decision

17 October 2008 08:52
Liverpool have welcomed UEFA's decision to allow their Champions League game with Atletico Madrid to take place in the Spanish capital next week. Reds supporters were facing an uncertain trip to a neutral venue at least 300 kilometres away from Madrid after UEFA imposed a two-game home stadium ban on Atletico earlier in the week. However, following calls from both Atletico and Liverpool to allow next Tuesday's game to go ahead as planned, UEFA softened their stance on Thursday and temporarily lifted the ban pending an appeal. "We're delighted at the decision because it means our fans can travel to the game as previously planned without additional expense or inconvenience," chief executive Rick Parry told the club's official website. "Liverpool are grateful for the help the Football Association have provided and pleased UEFA have listened to and acted on the arguments we put forward this week." Meanwhile, Atletico have urged their supporters to show respect when the Reds visit the Vicente Calderon. The ban was imposed after Madrid fans became embroiled in disturbances with travelling Marseille supporters in their last Champions League game. "The club would like to ask its fans to show the maximum respect towards the decision adopted by UEFA and to continue to display the good sportsmanship and fair play that they have been demonstrating at all matches to date," read a club statement.

Source: ESA

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