Atletico Madrid have received death threats ahead of next week’s trip to Marseille in the Champions League, the Primera Liga club has revealed.
More than 100 emails and faxes have arrived at the Calderon after the crowd problems that marred the Group D match between the sides on October 1.
The text of some of the messages threatened violence against the club and their supporters if they travelled for the December 9 encounter in Marseille. Some went as far as to issue death threats.
Santos Mirasierra, a Marseille fan who is still in custody in Spain, was charged with public order offences and faces an eight-year jail term as recommended by the Spanish state prosecutor. He will receive the verdict in Madrid on Wednesday.
Atletico have warned their supporters against travelling to Marseille next week.
Atletico beat Marseille 2-1 at home on October 1, but there were confrontations between travelling fans and local police before the kickoff.
UEFA said failures in Atletico’s organisation of the game led to the problems and initially ordered them to play their following two European fixtures at least 300 km outside Madrid.
The two-match ban was later reduced to one played at home behind closed doors on appeal.