Atletco Madrid's Diego Simeone faces touchline ban after Raphael Varane bust up
Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone is reportedly facing a lengthy touchline ban after entering the field and threatening Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane during his side’s loss in the UEFA Champions League final. Simeone ran onto the field shortly before the final whistle to confront Varane who deliberately kicked the ball towards him. Simeone also confronted referee Bjorn Kuipers for giving 5 minutes of additional time at the end of normal time, during which Sergio Ramos equalised for Real Madrid and took the game into extra time.
Simeone could miss next season’s entire group stage of the Champions League for his outburst. After Cristiano Ronaldo scored Real Madrid’s 4th goal in extra time, Varane can be seen kicking the ball in Simeone’s direction, Simeone then leaps off the bench and runs 60 yards onto the pitch to confront Varane before being restrained by his staff and players and then sent to the stands by referee Kuipers but not before yelling at Varane: “I’ll see you in the tunnel”.
Speaking after the match Simeone said “He shouldn’t have done that and it upset me. He’s not big enough to do something like that to me. I was angry although maybe I overreacted. But it was just ugly. At 4-1 it was pointless to create that. Hopefully, this will provide Varane with an experience and he will learn. He's a great player with a great future." His captain, Gabi added “You have to know how to win and Varane did not show that. He is young but should not have behaved like that towards us. It was an ugly gesture.”
UEFA’s disciplinary committee will read the referee’s and the match delegate’s reports before deciding on what action to take, but Simeone faces stern action.