Tue. Apr 23rd, 2019

Atletico Madrid fans protest against own players during Girona clash

‘Respect your fans’: Atletico Madrid ultras refuse to take seats until 12th minute against Girona in protest at treatment by players after Champions League defeat to Juventus

  • Atletico took on Girona amid a flat atmosphere at the Wanda Metropolitano 
  • The club’s ultras refused to take their seats behind the goal until 12th minute  
  • Fans were insulted that the players did not go over to thank the away supporters during Champions League tie with Juventus before international break
  • El Frente unveiled a banner during the first half which read: ‘Respect your fans’

Atletico Madrid’s ultras refused to take their seats behind the goal until the 12th minute against Girona at the Wanda Metropolitano on Tuesday.

El Frente Atletico were protesting against their treatment by Diego Simeone’s players after their Champions League defeat to Juventus before the international break.

Atleti crashed out of Europe’s elite tournament by surrendering a two-goal advantage in Turin.

Atletico ultras refused to take their seats behind the goals against Girona until the 12th minute

When the supporters did take their seats they unfurled a banner which read 'Respect your fans'

When the supporters did take their seats they unfurled a banner which read ‘Respect your fans’

A Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick capped off a night to forget for Atleti supporters but their misery was compounded by events after the full-time whistle. 

The players did not go over to the fans who had traveled from the Spanish capital, instead heading straight back to the dressing room. 

Fans were angered by the snub having spent money and taken time off work in order to make the trip.

Fans were angered when Atleti players did not have go over to thank them after Juventus loss

Fans were angered when Atleti players did not have go over to thank them after Juventus loss

Atleti supporters traveled in large numbers for the second leg of Champions League tie

Atleti supporters traveled in large numbers for the second leg of Champions League tie 

The supporters began to file in on 12 minutes during the La Liga clash, a time chosen because supporters are the first team’s 12th man. 

Mid-way through the first period the ultras unfurled a banner with the words ‘respetad a vuestra aficion’, which rougly translates as ‘respect your fans’.

Their absence behind Jan Oblak’s goal in the first half led to a flat atmosphere at the Wanda, peppered by whistles and a noticeable silence.  

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