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Simeone charged for improper conduct

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Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone may likely receive a Champions League ban following a charge of improper conduct after an obscene gesture in their win over Juventus.

The former Inter Milan player could not contain his joy when defender Jose Gimenez opened the scoring in the 2-0 win last Wednesday.

However, the Argentine’s celebration raised a few eyebrows when he turned to his team’s fans and grabbed his crotch.

Speaking after the game, Simeone insisted the action was to demonstrate his side showed “balls” for the way they saw off the Serie A leaders during the first leg of their last-16 tie.

Speaking to Sky Sports Italy, Simeone explained, “It means we have balls, a lot of balls. To start (Diego) Costa and Koke after they hadn’t played for a month takes balls.”

“I did it as a player at Lazio and Bologna and I did it again to show our fans that we have ‘cojones’.

“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.”

However, UEFA have left the investigation for their disciplinary panel to resolve, with the result to come later.

Meanwhile, Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri also faces an improper conduct charge for his team being late on the field for kick-off.

Simeone could face the possibility of a touchline ban with the second leg of the encounter set to be played in Turin on Tuesday, March 12.