Atletico coach Simeone suspended for 3 games in Copa del Rey

Atletico coach Simeone suspended for 3 games in Copa del Rey
FILE - In this Tuesday, May 9, 2017 file photo, Atletico de Madrid head coach Diego Pablo Simeone speaks during a press conference before a training session ahead of the Champions League semifinal, 2nd leg soccer match between Atletico de Madrid and Real Madrid at the Vicente Calderon stadium, in Madrid, Spain. Atletico Madrid says it has reached a deal to extend Simeone’s contract for two more seasons, keeping him at the club until the end of the 2020 season, it was reported on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza, File)

MADRID (AP) — Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone has been banned from the touchline for three Copa del Rey matches for misconduct toward a referee in the competition.

The Spanish football federation says the suspension will be served next season since Atletico was eliminated on Tuesday.

Simeone was sent off during Tuesday's 3-1 cup loss to Sevilla for protesting a decision by the referee, earning a one-match touchline ban.

The punishment was extended by two matches because Simeone applauded the referee in a mocking fashion when he was dismissed.

Atletico was eliminated 5-2 on aggregate in the two-legged quarterfinal.

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