Simeone was sent to the stands by referee David Borbalan for vehemently protesting the decision to keep an injured Juanfran out of the game and going on to tap the fourth official on the back of his neck. The Spanish Football Federation’s disciplinary committee banned the Argentine for four games because of the slap, two for protesting the decision, one for mocking the decision by applauding sarcastically and one for remaining in the stands with the Atletico fans and handing out instructions from there.
The club has announced that it will file an appeal which will keep out there manager until the 6th gameweek when Atletico play Sevilla missing out on his side’s matches against Eibar, Real Madrid, Celta and Almeria. He will serve the rest of his bans during Atletico’s matches in the Copa Del Rey with assistant coach, Germán Burgos taking over his responsibilities till he serves his suspension.
Shockingly, the disciplinary committee will not be taking any retrospective action against Cristiano Ronaldo after the striker punched Atletico defender Diego Godín during a tussle when the duo were involved in a tussle following a corner. Ronaldo was given a yellow card for his actions and the flaw in the disciplinary committee not adjudging on incidents dealt with by the match officials on the pitch is blatantly exposed here.
Los Blancos however lost midfielder Luka Modric to a one-game suspension following his second yellow and consequent red card in injury time at the Vicente Calderon.
Simeone admitted that he was liable for a suspension because of his antics ahead of Monday’s opening La Liga game against Rayo Vallecano as he said, ‘“What happened the other day is an issue of the past. Reiterating and talking about it will do no good. The people who have to make a decision will do what they believe is fair. When one makes a mistake, he has to pay for it.”
Simeone was already banned from the touchline for the Vallecano game because of the accumulation of five yellow cards, the last of which he received in the last game of the season at Camp Nou.