Simeone could be in hot water over headset-gate

Cholo allegedly communicated with technical area despite dugout ban

Simeone could be missing for a long time if he's charged by the committee

Simeone could be missing for a long time if he's charged by the committee

Atlético Madrid managed to grind out a 1-0 win at the Vicente Calderón on Saturday afternoon, even with Diego Simeone sat in the stands rather than the dugout. However, it seems that Cholo’s influence might have been felt in the technical area after all.

AS has rather unhelpfully pointed out that Simeone was sat next to Atleti’s goalkeeping coach Pablo Vercelonne during the game, who was sat with an earpiece on.

After being subbed off at half-time for seemingly a tactical switch, Gabi then sat in the dugout alongside the rest of the backroom team wearing a similar microphone.

The Atleti bench made an important switch in the second half, bringing on Antoine Griezmann just ten minutes in. The Frenchman went on to score with his first touch.

AS is reporting that if the football authorities decide that Simeone was in conversation with the dugout – forbidden under the terms of his three match ban handed down last week – then he could be banned for between four and twenty matches for the offence.

More controversy then – not that we don’t all expect it by now – but can Simeone be in hot water for somebody else using a headset? It seems so.


  • Koke

    If he gets banned for any amount of time, let alone 20 matches, that’s a HUGE loss. I don’t think any other coach makes that big of an influence just from his presence on the touchline alone. And knowing the LFP, we’re screwed. If it was Barcelona or Madrid in the same situation, nobody would be ballsy enough to make such a controversial punishment against them.

    On a more positive note, can anybody else see Gabi as a potential future coach for us? Seeing him on the touchline yelling orders today just felt so right…

  • Kris

    How fucking stupid and careless of Simeone and his advisors. Does he not have lawyers and other advisors that let him know that this shit is (probably) illegal? Or does he just not listen to them? I was literally shaking my head when I saw this during the game, because there was a reason that he got banned for 3 games. This is like being on probation, and still breaking the law. Come on Simeone, don’t be nuts please. We NEED you man. We needed you out there tonight on the sidelines yelling at the players. Please, stop doing stupid shit.

  • Usavicente Calderon

    Since he is not directly talking to Gabi or anyone on the pitch, is it really an offense. It didn’t seem like they were hiding anything. I bet the lawyers know of a technicality. Otherwise, Mono Burgos will be the coach next year.

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    Forget about lawyers and advisors, couldn’t they at least get much smaller headsets, ones they could cover with their hands ?!
    Unbelievable .

  • Paweł Kosiński

    Can he be punished for something HE didn’t do? I mean, it was Vercellone.

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    Really ?!! .. do you even buy that yourself ?!!
    He is already sitting up there for something he didn’t do, throwing the ball,
    but he was the one who gave the order last week, and the one who gave the order today .

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    I mean look at the sponsor on Gabi’s sleeve, it’s Huawei FFS !
    They could have given then microscopic, very high quality headsets if they asked for them !

  • Kris

    Haha that’s amazing.

  • AaX

    Most likely they were advised and aware of the technicalities of the rules. It’s just too obvious not to be unnoticed. In worst case which probably wouldn’t I think it can be appealled on grounds of tecnicalities.

  • BlasiusMagnus

    they either already know that they won’t get punished for this (lawyers worked out something) or they are just really that fuckin stupid.
    when i was watching the match i was wondering if they communicate, and had a bad feeling about that.
    but for fuck’s sake, can’t u fuckin text them? it would have been much less conspicuous.

  • AaX

    I mean if the rules and penalty is to banish the offender from the technical area for unlawful interference of the game then that is right and warranted BUT if such regulations too equally prevents the responsible party to communicate instructions which are integral and not unlawful in the Game then that’s nothing but JUST A real BIG SPANISH BULL [email protected] !!
    You literally taking out the team when the Manager himself is prohibited to make and take decisions during the game. Far away from the original intent of the penalty which is to punish and prevent further illegal and unlawful interferences.

    VAMOS ATLETI !!

  • Paweł Kosiński

    Let’s talk facts, shall we? We all know Simeone was communicating with Gabi, but no-one from LFP/RFEF can actually prove what the conversations were about. No-one can prove they even communicated with each other.

  • Usavicente Calderon

    I had a friend write me this,” I
    think this method is allowed. I remember that Jürgen Klinsmann got a
    game suspension during the 2013 Gold Cup Final, and I think he was seen
    communicating with his assistant coach while he was at the booth. Also
    Bruce Arena did the same when he faced a suspension, while he was USMNT
    head coach.”

  • nandes

    Some spanish sites are claiming that Simeone is safe since he didn’t speak directly to the bench + the ref didn’t say anything about the fact. Not sure if that will stand or not…

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    Not because he didn’t communicate with the bench himself, but because LFP do not take TV footage in consideration .
    Good thing for us, but in general, it’s absolute bullshit .
    Just last week Dele Alli got 2 games suspension for a bunch none of the 4 refs saw, we see similar bunches in La Liga almost every week and they get away with it every time .
    In La Liga, many kicks, punches, spits … go unpunished just because it happened behind the ref’s back, and we are in 2016 where there are 20 or 30 cameras in each stadium . Cristiano Ronaldo alone should have been suspended at least 10 games for his several kicks and punches incidents .
    Maybe that’s why we felt safe and used those big ass mics !!
    And also maybe that’s why Diego Costa wants to comeback !

    But according to Spanish media, in this particular case, the rules say that there is another thing LFP can take in consideration other than the ref’s report, which is a complaint from the opponent team, and this will never happen, because Atleti and Rayo have a very strong relationship, despite that the fans are very bad enemies, since Atleti’s ultras are right-wing and Rayo’s are left-wing .
    (Another bullshit in my opinion, sports & politics should not be mixed, we mixed them in Egypt and the result was disastrous)