Updates from Monday, Aug. 25
Dermot Corrigan reports Simeone will be banned for eight matches for his actions in Friday's match:
Atletico Madrid's Diego Simeone is known as one of the more fiery coaches in all of football, and he was at it again during Friday's Spanish Super Cup match against Real Madrid. The Argentine legend was sent to the stands inside the first 30 minutes after he appeared to slap the fourth official on the back of the head.
Fox Soccer Trax thought the reaction came because the officials took a long time allowing Juanfran to return to the pitch:
Bleacher Report UK has the Vine of the incident:
Unsurprisingly, Simeone's actions fired up the home crowd at the Vicente Calderon, and he made sure they'd get even more excited as he was escorted to the stands. The Vine, via Bleacher Report UK:
ESPN FC's Dermot Corrigan noted the home fans reacted well to the incident, but he still doubted whether it was a smart thing to do:
He also understood why Simeone lost his temper, as it indeed took the officials a very long time to clear Juanfran to come back onto the pitch:
Goal's Ben Hayward also heard the fans' reaction:
Agence France Press' Kieran Canning wondered what kind of suspension will be in store for the controversial manager, who has a history of dramatic gestures on the sidelines. While getting angry is one thing, laying your hands on an official could result in a significant punishment:
As shared by OptaJose, Simeone and Real really don't get along:
Sports Illustrated's Grant Wahl was mainly entertained:
So was Goal's Cristian Nyari, who compared Simeone to Chelsea's Jose Mourinho, another manager famous for his sideline antics:
Atletico took an early lead through Mario Mandzukic and had dominated Los Blancos up until that point in the match. The sending off seemed to revitalise Real, who started growing into the match as the first half progressed.
The hosts will have to survive the rest of the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup without their manager on the sidelines, and given Real's attacking prowess and Carlo Ancelotti's instinct for making timely substitutions, Simeone's dismissal could have a large impact on how the rest of the match plays out.
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