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Diego Simeone gets an eight-match suspension

Simeone gets eight matches
Simeone gets eight matches
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There was a great del of celebration at Neptuno after Atlético Madrid won the Spanish Super Cup on Friday. On Monday, the club got the news that they did not want to hear hours before they kicked off their league participation against Rayo Vallecano in Vallecas. Diego Simeone apologized and admitted to his mistake after he put his hands on fourth referee Antonio Santos Pargana, but it was not enough to ease the sanctions that the LFP would hand the Atlético Madrid coach.

Simeone was handed an eight-match ban for the offenses he committed in the match that ended 1-0 in favor of the Colchoneros. His suspension was based on three offenses. He received four for being sent off, two for tapping Antonio Santos Paragana, two more for protesting and one for being in the stands after having been sent off, something prohibited in Spanish football. He also was mentioned in the referee's report as to having mocked him by applauding while he left the pitch after having been sent off. That offense accrued one match to that overall sentence. That was one of the many calls that the refereeing crew was criticized over in the very intense return leg of that tie. The clash between Diego Godín and Cristiano Ronaldo was shown repeatedly on social media, but there is going to be very little done on that end as this problem

Despite the sanctions, Simeone already mentioned that "when someone makes a mistake, it's fait enough to pay". The suspension will take place during league matches only and he will be able to take part in Champions League as well as Copa del Rey. His return to the bench in La Liga would most likely be on Ocotber 25th when Atleti cross town and face Getafe.