Diego Simeone: Atletico Madrid boss charged by Uefa

Atletico Madrid won 2-0 against Juventus
Diego Simeone's side took the lead against Juventus through Jose Maria Gimenez in the 78th minute

Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone has been charged with improper conduct by Uefa for his behaviour in the Champions League match against Juventus.

Simeone turned towards fans and grabbed his crotch after Jose Maria Gimenez opened the scoring in a 2-0 win.

"It's not a nice gesture I admit, but I felt the need to do it," he said later.

"I did it as a player at Lazio and I did it again to show our fans that we have cojones. I can only apologise if anyone was offended."

Juventus, along with their head coach Massimiliano Allegri, have also been charged after the European governing body said their players arrived "late for kick off".

Atletico could face further action for the behaviour of their fans, who are accused of throwing objects and blocking stairways at Wanda Metropolitano.

Uefa's disciplinary body will deal with the cases on a date to be confirmed.

The second leg of the last-16 tie will take place in Turin on Tuesday, 12 March.

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