Atlético manager Quique Sánchez Flores may face a two to four game suspension for his actions in this past weekend’s loss to Espanyol, reports AS.
The Competition Committee will meet on Tuesday when it will agree on and announce the Rojiblanco coach’s punishment. According to the report by the Spanish paper, an extended suspension would be the result of repeated violations by Quique.
The Atleti boss had already been ejected once this season, at half time during our away match at Villarreal in late October. After being given his marching orders late in the game against Los Periquitos, he broke the rules by returning to the field following the final whistle.
In the post-match news conference, Quique told the press that “Luis García has laughed at Atlético Madrid,” alleging that the Espanyol captain told team-mate Javi López to remain lying down on the pitch in order to waste time following a rough challenge by Diego Godín.
Quique had walked up to López, grabbing him by the arm in a vain attempt to get him back on his feet at which point a melee involving players and staff from both teams ensued. Once all the commotion cleared up, Sánchez Flores was shown red.
With regard to a possible sanction, the tactician said, “I’ll accept whatever punishment that comes.”
Referee Teixeira Vitienes’ official game card, which will be used by the Committee as primary evidence in making its disciplinary determination, contained the following statement:
“[Quique] jumped back onto the playing field making his way toward Luis García and was restrained by other Espanyol players who prevented him from getting to [García].”
To make matters worse, striker Sergio Agüero may be disciplined as well. Cameras caught ‘El Kun’ kicking García in the back-side during the game’s late scuffle, an act which may end up costing the Argentine a ban of up to two matches.
Kun took to Twitter to show remorse for his conduct. “About that episode at the end of the game, you all know that I never react that way,” he wrote. “It’s just part of the game when emotions are running wild.”