Simeone banned for eight games

Atletico Madrid's coach Diego Simeone punished for his behaviour during the Spanish Super Cup second-leg against Real.

    Breakdown: Four games for tapping, two for protesting, one each for applauding and not leaving stadium [EPA]
    Breakdown: Four games for tapping, two for protesting, one each for applauding and not leaving stadium [EPA]

    The Spanish football federation has suspended Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone for eight matches after he was sent off during the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup.

    The federation announced its decision three days after defending Spanish champion Atletico beat Real Madrid 1-0 to win the Super Cup 2-1 on aggregate.

    Simeone was ejected in the 25th minute of the match at Vicente Calderon Stadium for dissent after he vociferously called for Juanfran Torres to be allowed back on the pitch after being treated on the sidelines.

    When you make a mistake it is right to pay for it

    Diego Simeone, Atletico Madrid coach

    The defender had received treatment for a cut on his lip that had bloodied his shirt and was waiting to go back out.

    Simeone was suspended for four games for tapping the back of the assistant referee's head, two games for protesting, one game for applauding his sending off, and one game for remaining in the stands instead of going to the changing room after his expulsion.

    The federation statement cited referee Fernandez Borbalan's match report.

    Simeone was also fined $6,339, while Atletico was fined $3,694.

    Assistant coach German Burgos will take over for Simeone while he serves his suspension.

    On Sunday, Simeone said he was ready to accept a sanction.

    "When you make a mistake it is right to pay for it,'' Simeone said.

    Atletico has 10 days to file an appeal.

    SOURCE: AP


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