May 27, 2014, 4:15 PM EDT
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.”
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