Tempers flare in the Champions League final as Diego Simeone loses his cool
Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone’s temper gave way on two separate occasions- one with referee Bjorn Kuipers and another with Raphael Varane, as he saw his side blow a 1-0 lead to lose a heart-breaking Champions League final 1-4 at the hands of local rivals Real Madrid in Lisbon.
On the first occasion, Simeone charged onto the pitch to confront referee Bjorn Kuipers about his decision to allot 5 minutes of extra-time in the second half when no real time wasting incidents had happened throughout the course of the match.
Atletico’s Diego Godin’s goal had kept Simeone’s side in the lead until Ramos’ goal in the 93rd minute took the match into extra-time.
The misery didn’t end there as Gareth Bale, Marcelo and Cristiano Ronaldo stretched Real Madrid’s lead further to give the side the coveted ‘La Decima’ title.
In a separate incident, Simeone ran onto the pitch again, this time to confront Real Madrid’s young defender Raphael Varane who had kicked the ball in the direction of the Atletico Madrid bench after Cristiano Ronaldo’s goal had settled the match.
He had to be held back by staff and players and was eventually sent off by the referee seconds before the final whistle.
"Varane provoked me by kicking the ball at me. Us older guys don't like people doing that kind of thing to us," he said later.
Simeone did offer an apology though: "I also made a mistake with my reaction. He's a young guy with a bright future. But it was just ugly. At 4-1 it was pointless to create that."
This was Atletico’s first European final since 1974 and the underdogs were seconds away from scripting one of the greatest success stories of all time.
You can clearly see in the video below how Varane kicked the ball towards Simeone and the fiery manager paid him back in kind before making his way onto the pitchhttp://youtu.be/n8fJADzc1uw