UEFA could open a complaint against Real Madrid for the huge banner they had on show behind one of the goals at the Bernabeu before Tuesday’s Champions League semi-final against Atletico Madrid. The complaints from Atletico and the precedents suggest Madrid could face a sanction.
Atletico complained to UEFA that the felt the banner was provocative on Madrid’s part. “Milan, Lisbon, tell me how it feels,” said the banner in reference to Real’s two Champions League final wins over the neighbours in the last three seasons.
As well as the complaints, there are also precedents:
UEFA fined Ajax for a “display of a provocative and inappropriate banner” after their supporters unhurled a banner before a Champions League game against Manchester City which read: “Against modern football”.
Bayern Munich were punished by UEFA for a banner shown before a Champions League game against Arsenal. The motive for the fine was a banner with the caption “Gay Gunners” alongside an image of Arsenal star Mesut Ozil. As well as a fine, the German side were also hit with a partial stadium closure for their Champions League quarter-final against Manchester United.
Bayer Leverkusen were fined 20,000 euros after various fans revealed an offensive banner before their Champions League game against Atletico Madrid on Feb. 25, 2015. The banner carried a message directed at Atletico supporters group the Frente Atletico.
FC Barcelona have been fined on numeous occasions by UEFA not just for the presence of esteladas, but also for banners. The Catalan club even had to ask permission to display a banner with the slogan ‘Respect’.
The LFP asked UEFA to take action against the Austrian side after a Europa League game in 2016 against Valencia. The Rapid supporters had displayed a banner with the words “Puta Valencia”.