Video: Diego Simeone to escape punishment after slapping member of his own staff
Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone is set to escape any punishment after he appeared to hit a member of his own staff during the tense closing minutes of his side's Champions League semi-final match against Bayern Munich.
Atletico lost the second leg 2-1 but went through to their third-ever premier European final on away goals, with the aggregate score at 2-2.
The tie was finely balanced in the final minutes at the Allianz Arena, and tempers on the sidelines had been fraying since the beginning of the evening.
A short video quickly spread across social media, showing Atletico coach Simeone appearing to strike the fourth official in frustration as he tried to make a substitution. But on closer inspection, it turns out he slapped his own staff member.
The initial reaction on social media was that Simeone struck the fourth official but whispers came through shortly after the final whistle that it was in fact laying into club delegate Pedro Pablo Matesanz.