Atletico Madrid's Diego Simeone will receive an eight-game ban for making contact with an official during his team's Super Cup win over Real Madrid, according to reports in the Catalan press.
ESPN FC's Dermot Corrigan broke the news, which was reported by Spanish newspaper El Mundo Deportivo:
Simeone been hit by eight game ban for tapping / slapping fourth official in Supercopa last Friday [says @mundodeportivo and others]— Dermot Corrigan (@dermotmcorrigan) August 25, 2014
Real Madrid TV's Phil Kitromilides confirmed the news:
CONFIRMED: 8 match ban for Diego Simeone, for hitting assistant ref, sarcastic clapping and directing from the stand in Spanish Super Cup— Phil Kitromilides (@PhilKitro) August 25, 2014
Tiempo de Juego (h/t to Corrigan) broke down the reported structure of the ban, which will last for four Liga matches and an additional four Super Cup games:
According to @tjcope Simeone will serve 4 games of ban in Liga [starting today] & 4 in Supercopa [ending who knows when]— Dermot Corrigan (@dermotmcorrigan) August 25, 2014
Carrusel Deportivo claims to know how league officials arrived at eight matches, per Corrigan:
Simeone ban broken down by @carrusel 2 games for protest, 4 for hitting 4th official, 1 for sarcastic clap, 1 for going to stand.— Dermot Corrigan (@dermotmcorrigan) August 25, 2014
Simeone was sent to the stands of the Vicente Calderon during the first half after he appeared to slap the fourth official, as shared by Bookie Insiders:
Breaking: Diego Simeone has been banned for 8 games following this slap in the Super Cup https://t.co/TGGubn7QwL— Bookie Insiders (@Bookieinsiders) August 25, 2014
The Argentine manager grew frustrated with the officiating crew when one of his players, Juanfran, was not given permission to return to the pitch for several minutes. In that span, Real nearly scored, prompting Simeone's outburst.
While everyone knew a ban was on its way, most fans and pundits seemed to agree the length of the punishment was excessive. Rafael Hernandez noted how several Real players got away with worse on the pitch:
Simeone banned for 8 matches for touching the referee, Ramos and CR7 unscathed with blatant punches on Mandzukic and Godín.— Rafael Hernández (@RafaelH117) August 25, 2014
The fact Simeone is a repeat offender likely played into the ban. As shared by OptaJose, it was his second red card in his last three matches against Atletico's city rivals:
2 - Cholo Simeone has been sent off in two of the last three matches against Real Madrid in all competitions. Dissent.— OptaJose (@OptaJose) August 22, 2014
Simeone told the press he would accept the consequences of his actions before the length of the ban was made official, per AS:
The matter is closed. It doesn't do any good to keep talking about the same thing. The people who make the decisions will have to see what a fair punishment is. When someone makes a mistake it's right they pay for it, we are waiting to see what the price is. Germán Burgos has the ability [to stand in] and he has my trust; we see football in the same way.
German Burgos will take over the manager seat while Simeone serves his suspension, and he seemed to have little difficulty guiding the team to a 1-0 win over Real in the Super Cup.
Four Liga matches means Simeone won't have to miss a large chunk of the season, but unfortunately for Atletico, it does mean he won't be coaching the team when they travel to the Bernabeu to take on Real in Week 3.