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Diego Simeone handed three-game ban at crucial time in Atletico's season

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Simeone threw a ball onto the field in an effort to disrupt a Malaga counter-attack

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Diego Simeone was given a three match ban for throwing an extra ball onto the field in an effort to disrupt a Malaga counterattack during his side's 1-0 win at the Vicente Calderon last weekend.

Atletico's manager was fined €3,005 and the club €1050 for the incident that could have an effect on the team's last three La Liga games. They play two relegation contenders in Rayo Vallecano and Levante before facing Champions League hopefuls Celta Vigo in a game that could decide where the title goes.

Simeone has been in trouble with Spanish football authorities before as he was suspended for eight games in 2014 after his conduct against Real Madrid in the Super Cup. He also reacted poorly to Real Madrid's conduct after they were beaten in the Champions League final and nearly start a fight after the final whistle. On another occasion he was suspended for four games for putting his hands on an official, rubbing the back of his head, applauding the decision sarcastically and then being disruptive when asked the leave the field.

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