Xabi Alonso, Diego Simeone Charged After Champions League Final Incident

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Xabi Alonso, Diego Simeone Charged After Champions League Final Incident
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Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso and Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone have been charged by the UEFA for their roles in multiple heated exchanges during the Champions League final.   

The Daily Mail reported the UEFA's decision to send both to disciplinary hearings:

Sky Sports added that Simeone's charge is in relation to coming onto the pitch for an exchange with Real defender Raphael Varane:

The Associated Press, via the Anchorage Daily News, noted Alonso's hearing will be in regard to his actions on the touchline after the final whistle in the Real Madrid victory.

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A rivalry clash for the Champions League title is always going to stir emotions. It looked like the match was going to end after only some minor infractions until Sergio Ramos leveled the score at 1-1 in stoppage time of the second half.

It forced the match into extra time and that's when things really got out of control. The tensions continued to mount until they reached a breaking point. That happened after Real Madrid were able to take control of the game with a couple goals.

After the fourth tally, Varane kicked a ball in the direction of the Atletico bench and that set off Simeone. Martin Lipton of the Daily Mirror passed along comments from the Colchoneros following the match and admitted a mistake was probably made:

"He shouldn't have done that and it upset me. He's not big enough to do something like that to me. I was angry although maybe I overreacted."

The AP report states the disciplinary hearings for both Simeone and Alonso will be held on July 17.

It will be interesting to see how the actions impact the Atletico coach moving forward. Rob Draper of the Daily Mail explained that he's able to motivate players like few managers in the world and that made him a coveted commodity, at least before the outburst:

Simeone combines the two. When Tiago said Simeone was 'like a god' to his team and that, 'If he asked us to jump off a bridge we would do so,' there was something cult-like about it.

This 'alpha male' system creates disciples rather than footballers but it can produce extraordinary performances. How else to explain how a team purchased for £35million can compete with the aristocrats of the European game?

Some clubs may see his actions as a positive, a way of defending his players. Others may see it as a weakness, that he cracked under the pressure of such a high-profile match. Either way, it definitely got people talking.

As for Alonso, the only way the charge could turn into a major deal is if it's a major ban that severely impedes his involvement in the Champions League next season. Any lesser punishments and Real will be able to work around it.

 

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