Thursday March 7 2019
Diego Simeone avoids Champions League touchline ban

Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone will be able to take his place in the dugout against Juventus next week after avoiding a ban for an explicit gesture.

The Argentine celebrated his side taking the lead against the Bianconeri in the first leg of the Round of 16 game in controversial fashion as he grabbed his crotch in the dugout.

UEFA’s Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body announced on Thursday that Simeone would instead be fined €20,000.

UEFA opened disciplinary proceedings based on reports written by referee Felix Zwayer and the match delegate.

However, Simeone has apologised for the gesture and claims it ‘came from the heart’ after turning towards the fans at the Wanda Metropolitano and grabbing his crotch.

Nonetheless, Diario AS explains the Argentine attended the hearing and apologised for his actions, arguing it was a spontaneous response, which emphasised the character of his team.

The second leg of the tie takes place in Turin next Tuesday, with Atleti 2-0 up on aggregate.

Football Italia website