Atletico Madrid manager, Diego Simeone has been handed a three-game-ban, which will rule him out for the rest of the season.
The Argentine manager was sent to the stands for the second half, after a ball thrown from the technical area interrupted play for the visitors at the Vicente Calderon.
And even though Simeone insists he didn’t throw the ball, he accepts the referee’s decision to send him to the stands.
“It’s clear that the referee made the right decision as per the regulations. He did what he had to do. There’s little more that can be said,” the 45-year-old said after the match.
“It was a boy beside me [who threw the ball], but that doesn’t mean anything.”
However, the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) has taken a dim view of the incident and opted to suspend Simeone for three matches, meaning he will not be present in the Atleti dug-out for the remainder of their title run-in – though he still has the option to appeal.
According to RFEF regulations, Simeone – as head coach of the team – is culpable for the disruption of the match if the referee was unable to identify the perpetrator who threw the ball.