Simeone Sorry For Gesture

Simeone Sorry For Gesture

Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone has apologised if his ”groin grabbing’ gesture upset anyone’s feelings on Wednesday.

Simeone felt his side showed “balls” for the way they saw off Serie A leaders Juventus in the first leg of their Champions League – and that was what his gesture was all about.

Jose Gimenez and Diego Godin struck in the space of five minutes late in the game at the Wanda Metropolitano.

During the celebrations for the opening goal in the 78th minute, Simeone turned to the home fans and grabbed his crotch.

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The Argentinian coach maintained it was a gesture to demonstrate the courage of the squad as well as key tactical decisions.

“It wasn’t aimed at the other team, I was turning towards our own supporters,” he said. “It’s not a nice gesture, I’ll admit, but I felt the need to do it. “It was such a tough game, we fought so hard, and Diego Costa worked really hard when he wasn’t 100 per cent fit.

“I had to show what I was feeling. I can only apologise if anyone was offended, but I did it from the heart.”

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