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Atletico Madrid To Appeal Diego Simeone’s 8-Match Touchline Ban

Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo has informed the news outlet Canal Plus that his club will file an appeal against Diego Simeone’s eight-match touchline ban.

This news comes on the heels of yesterday’s announcement from the Spanish FA that the Argentine boss was found guilty of four infractions during the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup.

Simeone received a four-match ban for slapping the back of the fourth official’s neck after already being dismissed by match referee David Fernandez Borbalan. The Argentinian boss was then handed two more matches for protesting his dismissal. He was handed an additional match for (sarcastically) applauding the decision, before being given a further match ban for remaining in the stands and giving his team instructions during the game.

“There is a committee that has issued a verdict and there is not much more to say on the suspension,” Cerezo told Canal Plus. “We will now have to wait and see how the appeal pans out. We will appeal the ban because that’s common sense.”

Since the conclusion of the match, beginning with his post-game press conference, Simeone has remained apologetic for his actions during the Supercopa, while also being respectful of the disciplinary committee’s decision.

“The people who make the decisions will have to see what a fair punishment is. When someone makes a mistake it’s right they pay for it, we are waiting to see what the price is. Germán Burgos has the ability [to stand in] and he has my trust; we see football in the same way,” Simeone said.

Atletico feel that since their manager has steadfastly remained apologetic for his actions, the Spanish FA should look on him favorably and reduce the eight-match suspension by one game.

There is also a belief amongst club officials that if the ban is reduced, it can also be served entirely during the Spanish Super Cup competition; thus allowing Simeone to manage Atletico’s league fixtures from this point on (against Eibar, Real Madrid, Celta and Almeria).

Should the appeal be rejected, speculation is the Spanish club will take the matter to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

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  1. Flyvanescence

    August 26, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    What grounds for an appeal do they have? He blatantly acted out.
    There ought to be a repurcussion for failed appeals.

    • Calderon

      August 26, 2014 at 1:58 pm

      What aggrieves us is that Mourinho assaults another manager in Tito Villanova and he got 2 games. Diego was wrong I admit that but taps the referee on the head and he gets an 8 game ban?
      Ronaldo punched Godin in the head and he gets away with it.
      Ramos in the first leg punched Mandzukic in his head and he gets away scotch free.
      There’s no parity in this league because 2 teams and only 2 teams have a right to win La Liga.
      Everyone else must feed off their scraps and should never have the right to challenge the hegemony.
      I guarantee if Lucho or Ancellotti does it they’d get 2-4 games. Any other manager of a club in La Liga not from the Cheats of Barcelona and The State funded and corrupt Real Madrid would get an 8 game ban.
      I know the Atleti players have been overzealous in the challenge but no one is going with the intention to hurt anyone the way I see the RM players punching our guys and getting away with it.
      Did you know the People at La Liga HQ didn’t want the video of Ronaldo punching Godin to be released or aired on post match shows in Spain?
      Only due to public outrage has the video become public.
      Ironically the referee didn’t see the incident yet no form of retroactive punishment has been dished out to Ronaldo or Ramos for his punch last week.
      Simeone taps someone and he should get banned 8 games but RM players can throw punches UFC style?
      Your either a biased RM fan or someone who admires their Galactico policy.
      Next time before you go criticizing one side you should look at the whole picture and understand the full situation.
      Once again Simeone is wrong but we (Every Club in Spain) want equal treatment.
      Sorry if I offended you if your not a RM fan it’s just bias against the Dirty Atletico and the Clean all white Real Madrid lead by the nicest guy ever Ronaldo.

      • Flyvanescence

        August 26, 2014 at 6:27 pm

        Not a RM fan but i dont like Atletico for the dirty tactics you mention. My comment had nothing to do with what RM players did. They should be punished but that doesnt change this incident.

        2 wrongs dont make a right. Simeone has no grounds for an appeal.

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