Diego Simeone has been given a three-match touchline ban after it appeared that a ball boy, on his orders, threw a second ball onto the pitch during their 1-0 victory over Málaga on Saturday.
Cholo was then sent to the Vicente Calderón stands as the action seemed as though it was done to prevent Málaga from a counter-attack when the game was still at 0-0.
Anything goes at Atleti. Malaga break quickly, so the home bench throws a ball on the pitch to put attackers off. pic.twitter.com/lldc9mgQoy
— Christian Machowski (@Christian_ESEM) April 23, 2016
After Ángel Correa scored and Atleti completed the win, Simeone claimed that it wasn’t he who threw the ball, but a boy who was on the touchline.
He took full responsibility of the ref’s decision, however, as it is in La Liga’s rules and regulations that the manager is responsible for what transpires on his bench.
As a result, the Spanish FA reviewed the incident and has charged the Argentine with violating article 101.2 of the RFEF’s Disciplinary Code, according to ESPN FC.
The three-match ban means that Cholo won’t be able to use his theatrics and aggressive instructions to help see his side through fixtures against Rayo Vallecano, Levante, and Celta Vigo, all of which are the final matches of the Primera season.
In typical fashion, the decision to send him off the sidelines didn’t hurt his analytical touch and he claimed after the match that it even helped him decide to put Correa on. “You see things differently from higher up. I was right to think about Correa, I saw that well.”
What do you make of the ban? Could it have an impact on our performances?