Diego Simone will be on sidelines for Europa final as Uefa dismisses appeal aganist touch line ban.
The Argentinian was hit with a four-match suspension after he was charged with insulting a match official during the first leg of his side’s Europa League semi-final against Arsenal in London on April 26.
He sat in the stands for the return leg on May 3, and now that the appeal has been rejected he has three further matches of the suspension to serve, starting with the Europa League final against Marseille on May 16.
The famously passionate Argentinian failed to keep his emotions in check during the first clash in north London.
Having seen Sime Vrsaljko shown a red after committing two bookable offences early on, Simeone lost his cool.
And 13 minutes in, the Atletico manager was given marching orders of his own for remonstrating after a foul on Hector Bellerin.
Clement Turpin had seen enough and sent Simeone to the stands where he watched in the Arsenal directors’ box.
His presence wasn’t missed in the second leg against Arsenal as the Spanish side delivered a typically compact and organised performance full of desire.
The 48-year-old will hope his team can mirror their performance without him on the sidelines on May 16 when they play Marseille in Lyon.