Simeone handed three-match ban

Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone will have to watch the final three Primera Division games of the campaign from the stands after being handed a touchline ban.

The 45-year-old was sent to the stands during Saturday’s match against Malaga after appearing to instruct a ball boy to throw a ball onto the pitch from the dugout, interfering with a Malaga attack.

Simeone has accepted the charge, although he stopped short of admitting blame.

“It’s clear that the referee made the right decision as per the regulations,” Simeone said.

“He did what he had to do. There’s little more that can be said. The images will show it was a boy beside me, but that doesn’t mean anything.”

As a result of the three-match suspension, Simeone will miss the fixtures against Rayo Vallecano, Levante and Celta Vigo.

Atleti are currently second in the Primera Division, with Barcelona sitting top by virtue of a superior goal difference.

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