Benitez urges Uefa to rethink

Atletico have been handed a three-match stadium ban at their Vicente Calderon home from Uefa, due to crowd trouble during their match against Marseille.

“We know about the loyalty of our fans and we know about the incredible lengths they go to to support us,” said Benitez on the club’s official website.

“They have an incredible passion for the club which means they follow us all over Europe at great expense to themselves and we always appreciate that.

“That is why we are so worried by this ruling. We can understand why Uefa feel they have to act but in this case maybe this time it has come too late.

“To change the venue of the game at such a late stage would cause massive problems to our fans and that is not fair.”