UEFA charges Atletico coach Simeone for obscene gesture

ABS-CBN Sports on Feb 26, 2019 08:16 AM
UEFA charges Atletico coach Simeone for obscene gesture
FILE - In this Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018 file photo, Atletico coach Diego Simeone attends a press conference at Wanda Metropolitano stadium in Madrid, Spain. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez, File)

NYON, Switzerland (AP) — UEFA has charged Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone with improper conduct for an obscene gesture after his team scored against Juventus in the Champions League.

After Atletico defender Jose Maria Gimenez scored the first goal late in a 2-0 win on Wednesday, Simeone turned to his team's fans and made the gesture.

Simeone said the gesture showed he had courage to make tough selection decisions. Two days later, he apologized.

UEFA says its disciplinary panel will judge the case at a later date. Simeone could be banned from a future game.

The second leg in Italy will be played on March 12.

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri also faces an improper conduct charge for his team being late on the field for kickoff.

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