Diego Simeone has been charged by UEFA for improper conduct following his celebration during Atletico Madrid’s win over Juventus last week.
The Argentine coach celebrated with home fans as his side took the lead against the Italian outfit, grabbing his crotch in the dugout.
UEFA immediately opened a disciplinary proceeding against the Atleti boss and based on reports by referee Felix Zwayer and the dedicated match deligate – Simeone has now been charged.
Simeone has apologised for the gesture, but UEFA have not taken his apology as enough.
Following the charge, Atleti are also facing further action after the behaviour of their fans during the game, who were seen to throw objects at the Wanda Metropolitano.
The second leg of the tie will be played March 12, with Los Rojiblancos leading 2-0 on aggregate thanks to goals from Jose Maria Gimenez and Diego Godin.
Weekend win over Villarreal
Atletico Madrid beat Villarreal 2-0 on Sunday afternoon thanks to goals from Alvaro Morata and Saul Niguez.
Diego Simeone’s side were deemed slight favourites heading into this Sunday afternoon kick off but given Villarreal’s latest return to form – that victory was not going to be as easy as predicted.
And, it was the visitors who had the opening chance of the first half as Carlos Bacca linked with strike partner Karl Toko-Ekambi but his effort was saved excellently by Jan Oblak.
Atleti would then create chances of their own as Morata tested the former of Sergio Asenjo but he found the visiting keeper in good form in the early goings.
Asenjo was beaten though when the former Chelsea man was found Filipe Luis before hitting a sumptous volley into the back of the net.
The second half was a similar end to end affair as Diego Costa who replaced Morata had two chances in two minutes to extend the home side’s lead.
Villarreal did have chances to level the tie too but Gerard Moreno found Oblak in good form once more and the former Espanyol striker rued his miss just moments later in the 88th minute when Saul Niguez struck to seal all three points for the hosts.
The win for Atleti means they cut Barcelona’s lead at the top of the table to seven points, whilst the visitors remain in the bottom three.