February 26, 2020 / 8:29 PM / a month ago

Atletico fined for offensive chants against Barca's Griezmann

Soccer Football - Champions League - Round of 16 First Leg - Napoli v FC Barcelona - Stadio San Paolo, Naples, Italy - February 25, 2020 Barcelona's Antoine Griezmann celebrates scoring their first goal as Napoli's David Ospina and Giovanni Di Lorenzo look dejected REUTERS/Ciro De Luca

MADRID (Reuters) - Atletico Madrid have been fined 12,000 euros ($13,000) by the Spanish soccer federation due to their supporters singing “Die Griezmann die” at Barcelona forward Antoine Griezmann at a La Liga match between the sides last December.

A statement from the federation’s competition committee on Wednesday confirmed the fine for the chanting, following a complaint from La Liga. The referee’s report from the game on Dec. 1 did not make any reference to the chanting.

The league’s organising body has been cracking down on offensive chanting since a Deportivo La Coruna fan died following violence before a game away to Atletico in 2014.

Griezmann spent five seasons at Atletico before joining Barca in July after the Spanish champions paid the France forward’s 120 million-euro release clause.

Reporting by Richard Martin, editing by Ed Osmond

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