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?