Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone apologised for any offence caused by his bizarre goal celebration in their 2-0 Champions League win over Juventus.
Following Jose Gimenez’s opening goal for Atletico in the 78th-minute in the first leg of their last-16 tie against Juventus, Simone was seen clutching his own crotch in front of the home supporters at the Wanda Metropolitano.
Diego Godin later completed a 2-0 win for Atletico to put them firmly in control of their tie with Juventus.
Speaking afterwards, Simeone apologised to anyone offended by his celebrations and explained he did a similar one during his playing career.
“I did it as a player in Lazio-Bologna and I did it again to show our fans that we have cojones [balls],” Simeone told Sky Sport Italia.
“It wasn’t aimed at the other team, I was turning towards our own supporters.
“It’s not a nice gesture, I’ll admit, but I felt the need to do it. It was such a tough game, we fought so hard and Diego Costa worked really hard when he wasn’t 100 per cent fit. I had to show what I was feeling.
“I can only apologise if anyone was offended, but I did it from the heart.”
El Cholo made a bold move for Atletico’s first leg against Juventus by playing both Koke and Costa, despite the fact they’ve only just returned from injuries.
Simeone added: “We got important players back like Koke and Costa, we were able to play an intelligent game against a huge team with very strong players.
“We had to make the most of every situation we could get. It’s a very good result.
“We know that we are facing a great team, a great club and great champions in Turin. We fully expect to suffer in the second leg.”
The return leg between Atletico and Juventus will take place on March 12 at the Allianz Stadium in Turin.