Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo is confident next week’s Champions League match with Liverpool will go ahead at the Vicente Calderon, despite the stadium ban imposed by Uefa.
The Spanish side were handed a three-match stadium ban, along with a fine of around €150000, for incidents during their Champions League home clash with Marseille earlier this month.
Uefa have decreed that Atletico’s next two Champions League home matches – with a third suspended – cannot be played within 300km of Madrid.
However, Cerezo is optimistic the game will not have to be moved and the tie will be staged in Madrid.
“The Atleti-Liverpool game will be played at the Vicente Calderon,” Cerezo told Marca.
“We will appeal. I have faith that Uefa will do the right thing. I hope they will listen to both sides evenly.”
Meanwhile, Atletico have received support from local rivals Real Madrid over the ban.
Real president Ramon Calderon believes Atletico are being unfairly punished for the behaviour of Marseille fans.
“It seems unfair to me. The police do not report to Atletico Madrid. Those that caused the problems were the Marseille fans,” Calderon told Marca.
However, Marseille have voiced their approval for the sanctions imposed on Atletico by Uefa.
“Above all the decision is a release,” said Marseille chairman Pape Diouf.
“It confirms what happened in the Vicente Calderon is inadmissible and unacceptable, both considering the organisation and racist behaviour we were victims of.
“Once again those sanctions show nothing happened normally on that day.”