- Diego Simeone has been charged with improper conduct by UEFA
- Atletico Madrid defeated Juventus 2-0 in the first leg of their Champions League round of 16 clash
- Simeone turned around to the crowd and grabbed his crotch as his side celebrated their goal against Juventus
Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone has been charged with improper conduct by the continent’s football governing body, UEFA no thanks to an incident during the 2-0 Champions League victory over Juventus.
According to Goal.com report, although the reason was not stated, but Omnisport report hints that Simeone’ s improper conduct charge is linked with the manager’s clutching of his crotch while celebrating a goal.
Interestingly, the Argentine was slammed for the gesture moments after the game, but he pleaded for mercy, explaining it was directed at Atletico fans, showing "that we have cojones".
"To start [Diego] Costa and Koke after they hadn't played for a month takes balls," he noted.
"I did it as a player in Lazio vs Bologna and I did it again to show our fans that we have cojones. It wasn't aimed at the other team, I was turning towards our own supporters.
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"It's not a nice gesture, I'll admit, but I felt the need to do it. It was such a tough game, we fought so hard and Diego Costa worked really hard when he wasn't 100 per cent fit. I had to show what I was feeling.
"I can only apologise if anyone was offended, but I did it from the heart,” Simeone was quoted as saying to Sky Sport Italia.
In addition, the Spanish club was also charged for blocking stairways as well as the throwing of objects, while Juventus will have some explanations to make regarding late kick-off on a date yet to be confirmed.
Atletico will face Juventus in the reverse fixture in Turin for their last-16 knockout clash on March 12.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Atletico Madrid boss, Diego Simeone, has been forced to explain his bizarre celebration during his side's 2-0 crucial victory against Juventus in the first leg of the Champions League Round of 16.
Both sides finished the first half 0-0, with Juventus missing a couple of goal-scoring chances having largely dominated proceedings.
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