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Diego Simeone facing ban

Diego Simeone facing ban

Diego Simeone could miss the Europa League final following his angry outburst of emotions in London.

The Argentinian manager was sent to the stands by referee Clement Turpin after just 15 minutes of play in Thursday’s Europa League clash between Arsenal and Atletico Madrid for insulting the match official. He was visibly angry at the referee’s decision to award a red card to Sime Vrsaljko and that anger boiled over when a booking wasn’t given to Hector Bellerin for a foul on one of his players. The volatile coach was fired up and didn’t filter his gestures or words.

Goal.com says that UEFA has charged the former Argentina international with insulting a match official and improper conduct, with a disciplinary panel to judge the case on May 4, the day after the second leg in Madrid.

If he’s found guilty and Atletico reaches the final, Simeone would have to give instructions to his assistant German Burgos from high above. Considering how aggressive and explicit his reaction was, I doubt the Union of European Football Associations would let his behaviour go unpunished.

UEFA also charged Atletico for their fans throwing objects during the game, while Arsenal could be punished for their supporters setting off fireworks.