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Simeone Banned For 8 Matches

Atletico Madrid Manager, Diego Simeone, has been handed an eight match touchline ban by the Spanish Football Federation.

The emotional Argentine was sent to the stands in his sides encounter with Real Madrid in the Spanish Supercup for tapping the fourth official on the head.

The ban was announced before his team’s first game of the season, a goalless draw with Rayo Vallecano, which was overseen by Atletico assistant coach German Burgos.

It consists of four separate punishments consisting of reciprocation for his physical contact with the fourth official, his protests, his sarcastic applause and for watching the game from the stands instead of going straight to the locker room.

Simeone also faces a fine of €4,805 and Atletico will have to cough up €2,800 for their coach’s behaviour.

There is a 10 day period that follows the announcement in which Simeone will be allowed to appeal the sanctions imposed by the Spanish Football Federation.

The ban seems quite harsh, given the fact that Newcastle coach, Allan Pardew, who actually headbutted an opposition player only received a seven game suspension by the English FA.

However, Simeone also faces a one-match ban from European competition after he clashed with Raphael Varane in the Champions League final.

Simeone has been managing Atletico Madrid since December 2011, and has claimed five trophies since his arrival, including last season’s La Liga.

Do you think Simeone’s ban is fair? Have your say in the comments section below.

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