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Atletico receive death threats
Spanish club receive death threats ahead of next week's trip to Marseille in CL.
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2008 16:22 GMT

A Marseille supporter bleeds after clashes in the CL match against Atletico in October  [GALLO/GETTY]

Atletico Madrid have received death threats ahead of next week's trip to Olympique Marseille in the Champions League, the Spanish Primera Liga club said,

More than 100 emails and faxes have arrived at the Calderon, mainly in support of Marseille fan Santos Mirasierra, who is still in custody in Spain after the crowd problems that marred the Group D match between the sides on October 1.

The text of some of the messages, written in French, Spanish and English, were printed in the Spanish media and 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.

Atletico warning

Mirasierra, who was charged with public order offences and assaulting a police officer, faces an eight-year jail term as recommended by the Spanish state prosecutor, and will receive the verdict in Madrid.

Some of the messages received threatened to kill eight Atletico fans, one for each year of the sentence faced by Mirasierra.

Atletico have warned their supporters against travelling to Marseille next week.

The club, who top Group D on goal difference from Liverpool, have already secured their place in the knockout phase and will compete with the former European champions for first place in the last round of matches.

Marseille are level on points with PSV Eindhoven in the battle to finish third and clinch a UEFA Cup spot.

Atletico beat Marseille 2-1 at home on October 1, but there were confrontations between visiting 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.

Atletico served their punishment in the 2-1 home win over PSV Eindhoven last week.

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