European football’s governing body has taken action against the Champions League winners following incident during the home win over Bayern Munich
Uefa has ordered the partial closure of the Santiago Bernabeu for one match following the charge of racist behaviour by Real Madrid fans during the 1-0 Champions League win over Bayern Munich on April 23.
The Spanish giants recorded a narrow win over the Bundesliga giants that eventually set them on their way to Champions League glory, but part of their stadium will be shut down for their next home game in European competitions following incidents that took place during the game.
“The Uefa Control and Disciplinary Body has handed down sanctions to Real Madrid following incidents during their Champions League semi-final first leg against Bayern Munichen in the Spanish capital on 23 April,” an official statement reads.
“Following the charge of racist behaviour by Real Madrid supporters during the match (Article 14 of the Uefa Disciplinary Regulations), the Control and Disciplinary Body has ordered the partial closure of the Santiago Bernabeu for one match. More specifically, sectors 120 and 122 of the stadium will be closed for the club’s next Uefa competition home game.
“Real Madrid are obliged to display a banner with the wording ‘No to Racism’ in those sectors.”
The fight against racism is a high priority for Uefa and European football’s governing body has a zero-tolerance policy towards racism and discrimination, both on the pitch and in the stands.
All forms of racist behaviour are considered serious offences against the disciplinary regulations and are severely punished.
The young playmaker has voiced his admiration for the Bayern boss and feels the German game is a lot quicker than Spanish football
Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara has taken the time to praise head coach Pep Guardiola and has hailed the former Barcelona boss’ work with promising youngsters in particular.
Thiago was reunited with Guardiola at Bayern this season following his transfer from Barca last summer and the Spain international has nothing but positive words for his mentor.
“Guardiola is keeping a close eye on all the young players. He is an amazing coach,” Thiago told GQ.
“When he took over at Barcelona, he immediately implemented the style of play he had used at the B team the year before.
“When I was promoted to the senior team at Barca, I obviously had a lot of respect for all the big names. But I already knew how to play football.”
The 23-year-old then went on to compare the Bundesliga with La Liga and stressed that there are plenty of differences between both leagues.
“The game is a lot slower and technical in Spain. In Germany on the other hand, the style of play is much faster and more physical.”
The Germany defender has followed in the footsteps of captain Philipp Lahm in stating his preferred position ahead of the World Cup
Germany international Jerome Boateng has admitted he would like to play as a centre-back at the World Cup.
The Bayern Munich defender’s versatility has seen him play in a variety of positions at international level, but the 25-year-old feels his strongest position is at the heart of the back four.
“I want to play in the middle [of the defence],” he told reporters. “In the last two seasons with Bayern Munich I played as a central defender and in the last matches with the national team as well.
“I feel very comfortable with that. But if it is necessary I will play right or left, if the manager wants me to.
“That is the decision of the manager,” he added.
Earlier this week captain Philipp Lahm stated his preference for a right-back or holding midfield role and told Joachim Low he did not want to be used as a left-back.
Germany have been drawn in Group G alongside Portugal, United States and Ghana for the tournament in Brazil and face Cameroon in their latest warm-up friendly on Sunday.
The Bayern Munich keeper took part in a running session on Thursday but is unlikely to be risked for Sunday’s friendly against Cameroon
Manuel Neuer has handed Germany a boost after his returning to training on Thursday.
The Bayern Munich keeper hurt his right shoulder in his side’s 2-0 DFB Pokal final win over Borussia Dortmund on May 17 and there were concerns he could be a doubt ahead of the World Cup.
Team manager Oliver Bierhoff said on Wednesday that Germany would be adopting a cautious approach to his reintroduction, but Bayern have now confirmed that he has resumed preparations for Brazil.
The 28-year-old took part in a running session with his team-mates, but is not likely to be in contention for Sunday’s friendly against Cameroon.
Neuer’s club team-mate Philipp Lahm also returned to training this week following a foot injury, while Bastian Schweinsteiger stepped up his comeback from a tendon problem.
Germany have been drawn in Group G for the World Cup alongside Portugal, Ghana and United States.
Joachim Low’s side face Ghana in their Group G opener at Estadio Castelao in Fortaleza on June 21.