Madrid: Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone apologised for tapping the back of the head of the fourth official during his side’s Spanish Super Cup win over Real Madrid.
Simeone was sent to the stands midway through the first half by referee David Fernandez Borbalan for angry sideline protests, with the Argentine coach twice tapping (or lightly slapping) the head of fourth official Antonio Santos Pargana with an open hand as he left the technical area.
Speaking in his post-match news conference the coach admitted there were no excuses for his actions.
“When you make a mistake you apologise, although what you should do is not make the mistake,” Simeone said. “My apologies. I went over the top in my request for Juanfran to return quickly.”
Simeone is delighted with the way his summer signings have helped improve the team.
The Rojiblancos have signed a host of players over the past few months, including Mario Mandzukic from Bayern Munich, after losing some of their key components from their La Liga title-winning squad of last season.
Mandzukic got his Atletico career off to a perfect start when his goal clinched the trophy for Simeone’s men. Simeone was happy with the impact that Mandzukic and fellow new arrivals Antoine Griezmann and Guilherme Siqueira had on the game. (Agencies)