Diego Simeone banned for eight matches

Cholo handed heavy punishment after Super Cup sending off

Simeone will not be pitch-side for a while

Simeone will not be pitch-side for a while

Atlético will have to manage the start of their season without a key member of the team – Diego Simeone has been handed an eight game ban after his sending off against Real Madrid on Friday night.

The Spanish Football Association came down hard on Cholo, after he was said to have slapped the back of the fourth official’s neck in our Super Cup victory.

Due to the severity of the offence, the ban will come into force immediately, and Simeone will serve part of the ban during league matches too.

Already prohibited from sitting on the bench for tonight’s game at Rayo following a booking against Barcelona on the final day of last season, Cholo will miss the next four league matches. These are games against Eibar, Real Madrid, Celta and Almeria.

The rest of the ban will be served in future Spanish Supercopa matches – so we won’t be seeing Simeone at another match in this competition for at least 2 years.

Simeone faced four different charges by Competition Committee – all from Friday night. He received a four game ban for hitting the referee, two games for being sent off, one game for sarcastically applauding referee and then another for refusing to go to the changing rooms.

At a press conference before the Vallecano game, Simeone had full faith in his assistant, German Burgos.

“We’ll try to look for the best way to communicate. Germán has the capability and the confidence. I’m calm about the fact we see football the same way. He’ll be there on the bench and I’ll be watching on from somewhere else.”

As far as his own actions go, Cholo seemed apologetic.

“The matter is over as far as I’m concerned. It’s not good to keep talking about the same thing. The people who make the decisions have to look at how justifiable the suspension is. When you make a mistake, you have to pay for it.”

The matter doesn’t seemed close for Atlético however, as the club said they plan to appeal against the ban.

Unless the appeal is successful, Simeone will return to the bench for the clash against Sevilla at the Vicente Calderon on the 28th September.

Also at the meeting, Ronaldo escaped punishment for punching Godin.

You can see the Cholo incident in the video below.

Do you think the ban was justified? Does this jeopardise our season?

  • Brad

    And CR7 is handed no punishment for punching Godin in the face…

  • Sierra

    I don’t see how Ass Ronaldo has escaped punishment for the punch. Not happy about the severity of this ban on Cholo.

  • Farzad From IRaN

    why???with out simeone I think that we can not play well

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    Simeone got the maximum punishment, 8 games, but they are still cowards just like I told you before

    I’m very positive that the rules in Spain say that if the suspension is 4 games or more it should be carried cross competitions, meaning that if Simoene was suspended for 3 games for example, he should have served them in the same competition, which is the super cup, but since he is suspended for 8 games, he should serve them in the very next 8 games whatever the competition is, and our next 8 local games are all in La Liga, so Simeone (according to the rules) should be suspended for 8 La Liga games
    But this punishment is something new !
    This is what I understood from what I read in Spanish Football Association rules, correct me if I’m wrong

    So, I guess they are in a middle state, they still treat us with cruelty and unfairness, but also they are starting to fear us !

  • Ratchet

    What? What?! Wait, how can they justify a “slap” on the referee’s head, which was pretty soft, lets be honest, but yet Ronaldo gets shit all for an actual punch? More than one punch, from what I saw, as well. Great decision making once again I see, corrupt pricks.