UEFA’s disciplinary board handed Real Madrid a one-match partial stadium closure for racist incidents that occurred during the April 23 Champions League semi-final against Bayern Munich.
"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 Bernabéu 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 offending image is reportedly a Spanish flag with the club’s crest and a Nazi symbol upon it. According to AS, the club plans to appeal the sanction since Howard Webb did not include the incident in his official referee’s report. Stiffer punishments include fines and possible whole stadium closures if there are any reoccurrences.
[pdf of UEFA disciplinary regulations]
In related disciplinary news, La Sexta’s JL Sanchez reports that Xabi Alonso could escape suspension for his incident in the Champions League final. The club is expecting his sanction to only come as a fine.
There is also talk that UEFA could implement a yellow card rule change next season. Alonso is the most recent case of players missing a final due to accumulation. The organization is reportedly considering wiping a player’s yellow card count from the quarter-finals onward so that no one will be suspended for a final.
Spain’s Anti-Violence Commission is also proposing the club be fined €3,500 for failing to control spectators from lighting flares at the Bernabéu’s viewing of the Champions League final. In addition, the commission is asking for the four identified offenders to be fined and banned from sporting grounds for six months. Two other fans involved in a fight are facing the same punishment.