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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Nov, 2, 2008

Atletico hope stadium ban will be rescinded

Atletico Madrid coach Javier Aguirre remains hopeful the Rojiblancos will play their next Champions League home match in front of a full house at the Vicente Calderon.

As things stand, Atletico would have to stage their November 26 encounter against Dutch side PSV Eindhoven behind closed doors following Friday's ruling by UEFA.

However, Atletico are planning to appeal to CAS (Court of Arbitration for Sport) against that punishment, and Aguirre is keeping his fingers crossed that his club will win out.

"Until we know the definitive details of the decision (by UEFA) I cannot say anything because there is still another appeals process," he said.

"I have faith that we will play against PSV at the Vicente Calderon, with the stadium full and that we can go through to the next round."

Atletico were initially handed a three-match stadium ban by UEFA, with one deferred, and told to play at least 300 kilometres away from Madrid because of crowd incidents during their Champions League home game against Marseille on October 1.

The club were also fined 150,000 euros and Aguirre handed a two-match touchline ban.

The latter two punishments have remained unchanged despite Atletico's first appeal, but Aguirre admits he is more concerned about his team being successful than any punishment for himself.

"If they ban me and the team plays well, then I don't care," he said.

Atletico are currently level on seven points with Liverpool at the top of their Champions League group with three matches remaining.

The Spanish side's next outing is against Liverpool on Tuesday, before facing PSV later this month and then completing their group phase at Marseille on December 12.

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