Simeone slapped with eight-game ban

The Atletico Madrid boss has been punished for an altercation with officials during the Supercopa second leg and will miss the Liga clash with Real Madrid next month
Atletico Madrid head coach Diego Simeone has been hit with a total ban of eight matches following his conduct during the Supercopa de Espana clash with Real Madrid.

Simeone was sent from the dugout in the first half of the second leg at the Vicente Calderon on Friday after arguing with the officials on the touchline. He then patted the fourth official on the head and sarcastically applauded the referee before heading to the stands.

The Argentine said earlier that he was willing to "pay the price" for his indiscretion, and the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) has now deemed fit to punish him for four separate acts of misconduct, totalling an eight-match ban from the touchline.

In an official statement, the RFEF confirmed that Simeone has received a two-game ban for excessive protests over a decision, a four-game ban for striking the fourth official and two additional one-game suspensions for applauding the referee before continuing to remonstrate from the stands.

Simeone has also been hit with a fine totalling €4,805 for the incidents, while Atletico have also been issued a financial punishment. The 44-year-old has a total of 10 days in which to appeal against the sanction.

The RFEF have determined Simeone must serve the most severe punishment - the four-game ban for striking an official - during La Liga matches, meaning he will miss the games against Rayo Vallecano, Eibar, Real Madrid and Celta Vigo. The remaining suspension will be served in Supercopa clashes.