In the wake of Saturday’s Champions League final in Lisbon, UEFA has opened proceedings against both Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid, charging each club with three violations body’s disciplinary regulation. The most prominent of the charges, however, are cast at individuals, with Atlético head coach Diego Simeone and suspended Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso facing action after incidents in the final minutes of El Real’s 4-1 win.
Both clubs have been given an obligatory improper conduct charge after accruing at least five yellow cards. Real Madrid saw five players booked, with Marcelo and Cristiano Ronaldo drawing late cards for removing their shirts after goals, while Atlético Madrid players were cautioned seven times, five of which came in the game’s initial 90 minutes.
Each club has also been cited for fans’ use of fireworks, though the individual charges will receive more attention. Simeone, sent to the locker room after a late match, on-field confrontation, likely faces a suspension that would be enforced in next year’s group stage. Xabi Alonso, who came out of the stands to celebrate late, could also be punished, though the disciplinary body is allowed to consider “subjective elements of the offense.”
VIDEO: Gerrard’s juggle and finish leads Liverpool legends past Real Madrid
Scoring at Anfield doesn’t get old, especially when your name is Steven Gerrard.
The English midfielder was playing in a friendly match between Liverpool and Real Madrid “legends” on Sunday, when he delivered this tasty goal (and assists to Michael Owen, Robbie Fowler, and John Aldridge).
Gerrard redirects a cross over a lunging defender and into a place where he can lash a goal home to put the Reds up 4-0. He dedicated his Man of the Match performance to club legend Ronnie Moran, who died earlier this week.
Real’s comeback came up just short in a 4-3 final, with Fernando Morientes, Ruben de la Red, and Edwin Congo scoring for the visitors.
On a Sunday waiting for the international matches to begin, Gerrard supplies a nice highlight for the rest of us (Extended highlights free on Liverpool’s site).
Mesut Ozil is on international break, and bristling at reports that Arsenal is going to sell him.
The midfielder’s absence from the lineup last week had plenty speculating on his future, even more than usual. His contract expires in 2018, and several reports claimed he’d join Alexis Sanchez as players destined for elsewhere.
“And you think Wenger tells the journalist before he tells me? Then I know him differently,” Ozil told German outlet Welt.
“I have a contract until 2018 in London and I feel very comfortable there. We’ll talk soon and then make a decision.”
Metro notes that Ozil also said he wants to win the Champions League, something that can only happen with Arsenal remaining in the Top Four. We suppose you could make snarky inferences from his “comfortable in London” phrasing, but we’ll leave it there.