15 Oct 2008

Liverpool fans could miss out after Uefa hands Madrid punishment

7:05 pm on 15 October 2008

The plans of thousands of Liverpool football fans for next week's Champions League match against Atletico Madrid have been left in tatters after Uefa switched the game to a neutral venue.

Uefa has imposed a two-match home ban on Atletico after trouble at their last Champions League game against Marseille... the new venue is yet to be finalised.

It means the Reds' match next Wednesday must be played 200 miles from Madrid.

A spokesman of the Liverpool Supporters club says they have almost 4 thousand fans going to Madrid for the match and this late decision leaves many fight and hotel bookings in tatters.

The timing of the decision to switch the match, just eight days before the game, could be worsened by the fact Atletico have the right to appeal until this weekend, meaning a final decision may not be made until the weekend.