Morning Ticker: Simek working his way back, a Cuban defector speaks and Atletico Madrid punished

Morning Ticker: Simek working his way back, a Cuban defector speaks and Atletico Madrid punished

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Morning Ticker: Simek working his way back, a Cuban defector speaks and Atletico Madrid punished

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Good morning all. It is a relatively slow day in the soccer world, what with World Cup qualifying set for Wednesday. I will look to put up stories on Carlos Bocanegra and Michael Bradley later today. For now, here are some other stories to give a read:

Frank Simek is on the comeback trail and has made his way back on the field for Sheffield Wednesday.

Cuban defector Reinier Alcantara tells the Washington Post the harrowing story of his escape from the Cuban national team.

Atletico Madrid has been hit with a two-match stadium ban in Champions League play after racist chants and abuse at an Atletico Madrid-Marseille Champions League match. This means Atletico’s home match against Liverpool next Wednesday will be moved to a location far from Madrid, leaving Liverpool fans who have already made travel plans in a bind. Then there is also the fact that Fernando Torres’ return to Atletico Madrid has essentially been erased, unless Atletico has an appeal upheld.

UEFA’s punishment of Atletico Madrid comes just two days after a Houston Dynamo fan shouted racist taunts at D.C. United goalkeeper Louis Crayton, earning himself a stadium ban.

What do you think of these stories? Glad to see Simek close to returning? Think the stadium ban was a just punishment for Atletico Madrid, or was it too harsh?

Share your thoughts on these stories, and any other stories from Tuesday morning, in the comments section below.

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