Full extent of Diego Simeone’s ban for Arsenal clash revealed

Diego Simeone will reportedly be ‘banned from any contact with his players’ during the Europa League semi-final second leg clash against Arsenal.

The Argentine boss was sent to the stands after just 12-minutes in the first leg for protesting Sime Vrsaljko after card after only ten minutes.

It was thought that Uefa would give Simeone the go ahead to be pitchside for the game at the Wanda Metropolitano on Thursday.

An announcement was made that the two charges against him, one for improper conduct and the other for insulting a match official, would not be heard until Friday, the day after the game.

But Sun Sport claim that Uefa sources told them that Simeone faces an automatic one-game ban after being banished from the dug-out at the Emirates.

European rules are different to the Premier League and should he face a ban, he’ll be prevented from having any contact with his players in the stadium.

This would mean that the 47-year-old would have to let his assistant, German Burgos, take charge of the vital game as Atleti look to reach the final.

When speaking of the decision post-match, Simeone said: It’s tough to know what to say.

"The ref decided to send off Vrsaljko and I thought an Arsenal player should have got a booking. When I protested he sent me off."

Both Arsenal and Atletico are facing fines for the behaviour of their fans during the first leg, with the Gunners charged for fans setting off fireworks while the Spaniard’s supporters throwing objects onto the pitch has landed them in trouble.

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