Malaga Fan Antonio Banderas Is Happy About Champions League Win, Angry About European Ban

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Written By Chris Azzopardi

Malaga’s most famous fan, famous Hollywood actor type Antonio Banderas, was in attendance at the Rosaleda on Wednesday night as his beloved club advanced past Porto into the Champions League quarterfinals. In addition to reveling in the victory, Banderas took some time to lash out at UEFA’s decision to ban Malaga from future European competitions over late debt payments.

Malaga has taken the issue to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

“We are still waiting for the CAS decision and we sincerely hope that justice is done,” Banderas said.

“It was an excessively harsh decision and has a negative effect on the Spanish league,” he added.

“If this decision is ratified it will take away the motivation for a team that has to play against teams fighting to avoid relegation or to get into Europe.

“I think the decision is very misguided. It should have been taken at the end of the season giving the club time to settle these debts.

“I really hope CAS analyses the situation with a cool head and gives its backing to Malaga.”

Banderas is originally from Malaga, but doesn’t make it to too many games these days.

“I usually watch the matches on television from afar with nobody else around and suddenly I am here with my compatriots and it’s really, really nice,” Banderas said.

“Not just the football club deserves this but the city as well, deserves this joy,” he added.

“It doesn’t matter who we get in the next round because Malaga will enjoy themselves again.

“To be among the eight best teams in Europe this year for us is an incredible triumph for the fans.

“We have been suffering for many years. It’s not only a fantastic thing for the team but for the city as well.”

Source: Reuters

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