Atletico Madrid coach, Diego Simeone banned from Europa League final
Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone will be forced to watch the Europa League final against Marseille after he was handed a four-match ban by UEFA.
Simeone was sent off by referee Clement Turpin during Atleti’s 1-1 semi-final first-leg draw against Arsenal last week having continued to harangue the official in the aftermath of Sime Vrsaljko’s 10th-minute red card.
The 48 -years Simeone will also miss the May 16 final in Lyon and his side’s first two European matches of next season.
UEFA’s disciplinary committee also charged Marseille after away supporters set off fireworks and threw objects during the second leg of their semi-final at Salzburg.
Simeone was also fined €10,000, the same amount Atleti must pay European football’s governing body after a charge against their fans for throwing objects at Emirates Stadium was upheld.
In 2014, he was banned by the Spanish Football Federation for eight matches for his behaviour in the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup.
In 2016, he was given a touchline ban for the final three La Liga games of the season after appearing to instruct a ball boy to throw a ball on to the pitch to disrupt a Malaga attack during an Atletico victory.
He also got a four-game punishment for tapping the fourth official on the back of the head after a heated exchange during Atletico’s 2-1 aggregate win over Real Madrid.