Manchester United have been slapped with a UEFA fine after fans lobbed projectiles at Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone in the wake of their Champions League exit.
The Red Devils' final hope of claiming silverware this season was shattered last month as Renan Lodi's first-half header sent United crashing out of Europe. In a fiery encounter at Old Trafford, Ralf Rangnick's men were left frustrated by the La Liga champions' vigilant strategy with emotions riding high on both the pitch and in the stands.
At the full-time whistle, an exuberant Simeone raced to the dressing room passing Man Utd fans in the Stretford End and the Sir Bobby Charlton stand. And whilst the Argentine headed towards the tunnel, a small minority of United supporters disgraced themselves by throwing drinks bottles and cans in his direction.
Man Utd chiefs confirmed they were looking into the incident and had launched an investigation to identify the perpetrators. However, the Manchester Evening News report UEFA has gazumped the inquiry and slapped the Red Devils with a €10,000 (£8,446) fine for the "throwing of objects."
The findings from UEFA’s Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body do not specifically relate to the projectiles thrown at Simeone but the report states it is "likely to be the incident in question".
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The Atletico boss claimed he was unaware of the bottles and cans lobbed in his direction. He said after the game: "No when I came off the pitch, I ran because I was happy and I like to enjoy it in the dressing room.
"So I don’t know what happened. What you just said, all I was thinking about was getting into the changing room to the dressing room, and I was really happy."
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