MADRID: Former Atletico Madrid player Diego Simeone and present coach of the team will face a ban for the final three La Liga games of the season helping Malaga for the counter attack in Atletico’s 1-0 win on Saturday.
Spanish Football Federation has confirmed the suspension on Wednesday and after that Simeone was sent to the stands immediately at half-time in the Malaga game by referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz.
Simeone, who was sent to the stands at half-time, said:
It is clear the referee took the correct decision
He will not miss Atletico’s Champions League semi-final first-leg at home to Bayern Munich on Wednesday.
It is cleared that the extra ball was thrown onto the pitch from near the Atletico bench by a ball boy not by him, in what appeared to be a case of gamesmanship.
Spanish Federation rules stipulate that as the culprit couldn’t be identified at the time by the referee, Simeone is held guilty as he was the most senior figure on the bench.
He is allowed to be free to sit on the bench for Atletico’s Champions League semi-final, in the first leg against Bayern Munich later on Wednesday.
This news decreased the Atletico’s title hopes as they lie second in the table behind Barcelona only due to their inferior head-to-head record.
Argentinian player Simeone will miss games in the home game against Rayo Vallecano on 30 April, the trip to Levante on 8 May and the visit of Celta Vigo on 15 May, the final day of the season.
Spanish Giants Atletico, who are second to La Liga leaders Barcelona on goal difference, have ten days in which to appeal.
Team Atletico Madrid still have ten days to launch an appeal.