Diego Simeone has apologised once more for the gesture he made during Atletico Madrid’s Champions League win against Juventus on Wednesday.
Los Rojiblancos pulled off an upset against the heavily fancied Juventus by winning the first leg of their last-16 tie 2-0 at the Wanda Metropolitano.
But it was Simone’s wild celebration during Jose Gimenez’s opening goal in the 78th-minute that caught everyone’s attention as the Atletico coach was seen clutching his own crotch in front of the home fans while celebrating.
The Argentinian later explained it was his way of expressing his feelings over the “balls” it took for his players to go on and secure a hard-fought victory against Serie A champions Juventus.
Speaking in a pre-match conference ahead of Atletico’s La Liga encounter with Villarreal, Simeone formally apologised for his actions.
“I apologise to the people that were offended by my gesture the other day — and to Juventus,” said Simeone, according to Sport.
“It was a bad way to express what I felt about my players’ [performance]. I hope we can close the issue now.”
The 48-year-old’s father, Carlos Simeone, though was taken aback by his son’s antics during Atletico’s win over Juventus and hopes he won’t be punished for it.
“I didn’t teach him that, I don’t know where it came from,” said Simeone Sr.
“It surprised me because I thought that kind of thing was from another time. But it was a build-up of strange feelings and nothing more.
“I hope they don’t punish him for it as it was done at his own stands and his own fans.
“It was a very interesting game, although the tie isn’t over, not at all.”
Thomas Partey will be available for Atletico this Sunday against Villarreal after serving a suspension in last weekend’s 1-0 win at Rayo Vallecano.
Meanwhile, Thomas Lemar and Alvaro Morata could be named in the starting line-up with Simeone likely to rest some of his stars following Wednesday’s game against Juventus.