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Atletico to appeal Diego Simeone ban

Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone says he will not comment on his eight-match touchline ban after watching his side play Rayo Vallecano from the stands.

Atletico Madrid are to plead their case at the Liga de Futbol Profesional appeals committee in an attempt to reduce the ban handed to Diego Simeone after his sending off during the Spanish Super Cup second leg against Real Madrid.

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The breakdown of the ban sees Simeone miss four matches for slapping the back of the fourth official's neck, two matches for protesting, and one match each for applauding the referee's initial decision and remaining in the stands giving instructions during the remainder of the match.

Half of the Argentine's ban was ordered to be served during league matches, with the remainder pending further participation in the Spanish Super Cup.

The objective of Atletico's appeal is to have Simeone's ban reduced by one match on the basis that he apologised for his behaviour immediately after the game.

If the appeal is looked upon favourably, the four-match suspension for slapping the fourth official's neck will be reduced to three, and therefore downgraded from a serious infraction.

In that case, the Atletico boss would be required to serve a seven-game ban entirely in the Spanish Super Cup, leaving him free to occupy the touchline for Liga matches against Eibar, Real, Celta Vigo and Almeria.

If Atletico's appeal to the committee fails, the club may take the matter to the Administrative Tribunal for Sport.

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