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Diego Simeone Banned for Eight Matches

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Diego SimeoneDiego Simeone the manager of Atletico Madrid was suspended by the Royal Spanish Football Federation for eight matches after he was sent off during the Spanish Super Cup on Friday in a match his club won versus Real Madrid.

Simeone was given a red card by David Fernandez the match referee for protesting that officials took too long allowing one of his players, JuanFran Torres onto the pitch after the right-back received treatment for an injury.

The Argentine manager was upset and tapped Antonio Santos the fourth official on the back of the head with his fingers as he walked away.

He applauded sarcastically as well the decision by the referee, before later sitting in the stands behind the dugout when the rules state he is not allowed to, when red carded.

The ban’s breakdown sees Simeone off for two match for his protest, four for hitting the official’s head and one for the sarcastic clap and one for sitting in the stands and watching the match.

The manager was also fined 4,805 euros and the club was fined 2,800 euros.

A local radio station in Madrid said the boss of los Colchoneros would serve four matches of the 8 in La Liga play, starting this Sunday and four others in the Spanish Super Cup.

No action was taken by the RFEF against Cristiano Ronaldo although images on TV showed he appeared to hit out at Diego Godin late in the same match.

The match official did view the incident, stopped play and booked Ronaldo. The RFEF deemed that as sufficient punishment.

The eight-match ban against Simeone was compared immediately to the suspension of two matches given to Jose Mourinho when the former boss at Madrid poked a finger in the eye of a former assistant manager of Barcelona.

About David Campbell

David makes his home in Guatemala and follows the worlds greatest games from there. David contributes on all leagues across the world and had over 25 years experience. He has covered 10 World Cups and will do so again this year in Brazil.

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