Diego Simeone’s Eight-Match Ban Upheld By Spanish FA Appeals Committee
The Spanish Football Association Appeals Committee has rejected Atletico Madrid’s appeal against Diego Simeone’s eight-match touchline ban.
The court’s decision means the Argentinian boss will miss Los Colchoneros’ next four league fixtures against Eibar, Real Madrid, Celta and Almeria; with the remainder of the suspension to be served during Atletico’s Spanish Super Cup matches.
Simeone will also miss the first game of the Champions League groups stages against Olympiacos for a penalty incurred at last year’s final when the manager was sent off during Atletico’s 4-1 loss to Real Madrid.
Assistant coach German “Mono” Burgos supervised the club during its La Liga opener against Madrid-rivals Rayo Vallecano on Monday, and will remain in charge of the side for the remainder of the manager’s suspension.
Simeone will not return to Atletico’s bench until week six of the La Liga schedule against Sevilla.
The Argentine boss was suspended four games for tapping the back of the linesman’s head, two games for protesting his dismissal, one game for sarcastically applauding his sending-off and one game for remaining in the stands instead of leaving the stadium after receiving his marching orders from match referee David Fernandez Borbalan.
Atletico’s appeal hinged on the defense that there was no malice in Simeone’s actions when he tapped the fourth official’s head and that the manager remained apologetic for his actions following the conclusion of the Spanish Super Cup second leg.
The club’s hope was that the appeals committee would cut four games off of Simeone’s suspension, which would have taken his ban below the threshold that requires a coach to serve punishment during La Liga fixtures.
If the court had agreed with that appeal, the Argentine boss would have only had to serve his suspension during Spanish Super Cup matches.
But that won’t be the case and Simeone will begin serving his ban immediately.
As of yet, there is no word from the club as to whether or not they will take a further appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.