Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone is an imposing figure while he’s stalking the touchline during a match. The former Argentina international midfielder has carried over his bustling playing style into management and has fashioned a “take no prisoners” attitude amongst the club’s players and supporters.
Last night, during the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup in the Vicente Calderon, Simeone was sent off after 25 minutes because of continual heated exchanges with match officials; including patting the fourth official on the back of the head.
Before leaving the touchline, the fiery Argentinian implored Los Colchoneros supporters to rally behind his troops.
The 44-year-old would leave the pitch, only to resurface in the first row of the stands to continue orchestrating his side. Simeone was pictured pacing back and forth in the terraces while his team slugged it out with their bitter rivals, Real Madrid.
Those incidents are going to be judged by jury members of the Spanish Football Federation’s Competitions Committee (RFEF) on Monday and some media outlets are predicting a lengthy ban for the Atletico boss.
Marca believes the RFEF will impose a four-match ban on Simeone, but AS is speculating that the manager will see a hefty seven-match exclusion from domestic competitions.
Atletico will have until 2pm on Monday to present their case and any video evidence in support of Simeone. With La Liga kicking-off this weekend and Atletico scheduled to face Rayo Vallecano at 4pm on Monday, the Competitions Committee will attempt to bring a conclusion to the issue as soon as possible.
AS interviewed former referee Urizar Azpitarte who believes if the committee find that Simeone insulted any of the match officials, that alone would incur a one-to-two match ban. Also, the Argentinian could be handed a further two-game suspension for slapping the linesman, although the jury would have to ascertain if there was anything “more” to the action than was noted in Spanish Super Cup match official Fernandez Borbalan’s final report. Should the committee decide that this constitutes violent conduct, a further four-match suspension could be leveled on the manager.
Also, since Simeone continued to follow the game from the stands, it states in Article 114 of the regulations that “players or technical staff who have been dismissed must make their way directly to the dressing room and cannot watch the remainder of the match from the stands.”
Lastly, the manager can face even more discipline for sarcastically applauding his sending off before leaving the pitch. Even though it is considered a minor offence, that conduct goes against the rules of the disciplinary code and could see another match suspension.
A chance would have it, Simeone will not be in the technical area during Atletico’s opening season match against Rayo for an accumulation of bookings which carried over from last season – the manager picked up his fifth offence at the Camp Nou during Atletico’s 1-1 draw with Barcelona which saw the club clinch the league title.
But the manager, who has been the architect of Atletico’s rise on the domestic and European football scene over the past five seasons, is facing a lengthy time away from the touchline.