It was bound to happen and it finally did – Atlético Madrid has banned the Frente Atlético.
After the disgraceful incidents that took place in the outskirts of the Vicente Calderón on Sunday morning, Gil Marín has finally done something that is worthy of applause. Sunday’s incident wasn’t the only moment of shame for the Frente Atlético as they have done similar things in the past, most notably the murder of Real Sociedad fan, Aitor Zabaleta.
The Frente Atlético will no longer be considered an official Atlético Madrid supporters group and extra measures will take place to prohibit the exhibition of any Frente Atlético tifos or banners inside the stadium.
If any other radical group with political, racist or xenophobic values surges in order to replace the Frente Atlético then they too will be banned. Atlético Madrid is trying to start a zero tolerance policy towards these kinds of ultras.
The fans holding season tickets in the Grada Joven will still be allowed to attend matches with normality until the end of the 2014/15 season. However, if the season ticket holder is also a part of the Frente Atlético then he or she will also be banned.
Once the current season is over, the club will announce what their new policies will be in regards to the Grada Joven. Atlético Madrid will only allow a supporters section as long as the group will only cheer the team while supporting and respecting the values of the game.