Simeone receives eight-match ban over altercation with assistant ref

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AUG 25, 2:49 pm
Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone learned a tough lesson Monday - it's not OK to slap a ref in the back of his head.


The Spanish football federation suspended Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone for eight matches on Monday 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. 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 4,805 euros ($6,339), while Atletico was fined 2,800 euros ($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.

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