Anti-Violence Commission calls for Ultras Sur penalties
The Commission wants two members of the group to be fined and banned from sports stadia after incidents prior to Real Madrid’s clash with Celta Vigo.
Spain’s Anti-Violence Commission has appealed for sanctions against Ultras Sur members involved in incidents prior to Real Madrid’s Liga BBVA clash with Celta Vigo on Monday.
The Commission has called for two members of the group to be fined 4,500 euros and banned from sports stadia for a year after the events, in which some 200 members of the Ultras Sur gathered around Gate 28 of the Santiago Bernabéu, the entrance to the new Grada Joven (Youth Stand), to intimidate fans from peñas (fan clubs) now sitting in their former area. Real Madrid had removed 500 season tickets from the Ultras who were previously in this area of the Bernabéu.
The Anti-Violence Commission states: “The two identified fans – members of a radical and violent group aligned to Real Madrid C.F. – attempted to prevent fans from entering the Santiago Bernabéu as normal, via coercion, shouts, severe insults and the throwing of a smoke canister, which provoked significant alarm and a situation of panic among those present, leading to a serious disruption to public safety at one of the entrances to the stadium.”
Earlier on Thursday, the Ultras Sur had issued a statement in which it revealed that it would return to the Santiago Bernabéu for Thursday’s Copa del Rey match against Osasuna. The communication said: “Copa del Rey match on 9 January (R. Madrid-Osasuna). All our members and sympathisers are called to participate in a silent, incident-free gathering at the stadium doors.
It continues: “Those who wish to do so can purchase a ticket for the third and fourth tiers of the Fondo Norte, where there will be a nucleus of people whose sole intention will be to support and cheer on the team.”