Hugo Sanchez's commemorative plaque at the Wanda vandalised

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Posted Sunday, September 17, 2017 by

Hugo Sanchez's commemorative plaque at the Wanda vandalised

Saturday's clash with Malaga is a true showpiece event for Atletico Madrid as it officially opens their brand new stadium, yet a commemorative plaque for Hugo Sanchez has been vandalised in the build up to kick-off.

The Estadio Wanda Metropolitano is the replacement for the famed Estadio Vicente Calderon, the process of 'Atletico-isation' has been underway for months with commemorative plaques for club legends being placed around the stadium.

This is intended to make the new stadium feel more like home for Los Colchoneros, yet some supporters have taken exception to such an honour being given to Sanchez.

Hugo Sanchez's commemorative plaque at the Wanda vandalised

Despite playing more than 100 matches for Los Rojiblancos, there is considerable ill-feeling towards the Mexican from Atleti supporters due to the fact he left directly for fierce rivals, Real Madrid, back in 1985.

They say time heals all wounds, but not in this instance with graffiti and stickers covering the Mexican's plaque entirely.

Diego Forlan, Sergio Aguero and Arda Turan were also honoured with plaques, the response to which has been generally positive.

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