Cerezo: Barcelona’s 300 euro fine isn’t normal

Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo was at something of a loss trying to describe the 300 euro fine handed to Barcelona for their pursuit of Antoine Griezmann.

The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) decided on Thursday to hit the Catalans with the small fine, and Cerezo is confused by the decision.

“I saw the 300 euros they’ve fined Barcelona,” he said to Radio MARCA and Cope’s El Partidazo.

“It’s not very normal. The regulation says it has to be that way.”

The Madrid derby is coming at the Wanda Metropolitano this weekend and Cerezo has acknowledged that nerves will play a part.

“When a game like the derby begins, you get nervous,” he explained.

“It’s football, and anything can happen.

“We’ll give the Madrid management Tila instead of coffee.”

Atletico will be without Alvaro Morata after his sending off at Real Mallorca, but Cerezo defended his forward.

“Morata is a very calm player,” he said.

“I’ve seen him deal with big things and not say anything.

“For him to act like this means something serious will have been said to him.”