Thomas Partey's Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone given touchline ban for Europa League final

Published on: 05 May 2018

Ghana star Thomas Partey will be expected to start in Atletico Madrid's Europa League final against Marseille on May 16, however, his manager Diego Simeone will be absent from the touchline. 

This is because Simeone was found guilty of insulting a match official during the first leg of Atletico's semi-final at Arsenal and has been slapped with a four-match ban by UEFA.

He served the first match of his suspension as Atletico completed a 2-1 aggregate win on Thursday.

It is not the first time that the Argentine, who was also fined 10,000 euros (£8,800), has been in trouble.

In 2014, he was banned by the Spanish Football Federation for eight matches for his behaviour in the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup.

He got a four-game punishment for tapping the fourth official on the back of the head after a heated exchange during Atletico's 2-1 aggregate win over Real Madrid, and a further sanction for protesting, applauding a red card and not leaving the field.

In 2016, he was given a touchline ban for the final three La Liga games of the season after appearing to instruct a ball boy to throw a ball on to the pitch to disrupt a Malaga attack during an Atletico victory.

Uefa's control, ethics and disciplinary board also fined the club 10,000 euros after fans threw objects on the pitch at Emirates Stadium.