Atletico boss Simeone given 8 match touchline ban

DPA Madrid | Updated on August 25, 2014

Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone was given eight-match touchline ban by the Spanish football federation on Monday for bad behaviour in the second leg of the Super Cup on Friday. It is one of the longest bans handed to a coach by the federation.

Simeone was sent off midway through the first half of the game - which Atletico won 1-0 for a 2-1 aggregate triumph - for protesting the decisions of the referee. As he left the field he pushed the game’s fourth official.

To make matters worse, instead of going up to the stands, he remained close to the Atletico bench, a violation of the rules of the federation.

After the game, Simeone apologized for his behaviour during Atletico’s first home win against Real since 1999.

Earlier on Monday he said: “when one make mistakes you have to pay for them, and I am waiting to know how much I have to pay.” Simeone, 44, is an extremely popular figure among Atletico fans after leading them to their first Liga title since 1996. He has guided Atletico to five major trophies since taking over as coach in January 2012.

Published on August 25, 2014

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