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Atlético de Madrid not He will be able to count on manager Diego Simeone if he qualifies for the UEFA Europa League final after being sent off on Thursday in the first leg of the semifinal against Arsenal.
The Red and Whites went back to draw 1-1 at the Emirates Stadium , but Sky Sports reported that Simeone faces a two-game suspension after it f ue sent to the stands after only 12 minutes (h / t Calciomercato .com).
Antoine Griezmann's late goal has revitalized Atlético's chances of qualifying for the final after Sime Vrsaljko was sent off after only nine minutes in north London, but Simeone may not be present even if they manage to pass.  The dismissal of Vrsaljko had already outraged the Argentine before another incident led him to criticize referee Clement Turpin minutes later, earning him a one-way ticket to the stands at night.
Some might argue that one of Vrsalj's warnings was not deserved or that Simeone's dismissal was unfair, but Sky Sports League expert Guillem Balague said the manager's dismissal was justified:
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By the way. Simeone sending just. Vrsaljko, if you follow the rules, two yellows, no doubt. But, as Buffon suggested, should the decisions of the referees have such an influence on the big games when a yellow instead of two could have been enough?
It would be crazy for Arsenal not to think that Atleti will be better prepared with or without his manager on the sidelines for the return visit to the Metropolitan Wanda next Thursday.
The Red and Whites have been tough enough to be better at home this season anyway, conceding a minimum of four goals at home in 17 games, and now have an absent goal to their name as reason to sit down.
Richard Jolly of BT Sport showed evidence of why we should not have been surprised at Simeone's expulsion on Thursday given his record when it comes to allowing emotions to bubble up in high-stakes situations:
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Simeone has been sent off in a final (Champions League), semifinal (Europa League) and quarter-final (Copa del Rey). And he has sent off a player from England in the last 16 (World Cup).
Diego Costa may have more say against his former Premier League opponents in the return, depending on how badly Atlético need a goal, but the fact remains that the current aggregate score is in his favor.
The most positive thing about Simeone in the stands is that we can see more restricted celebrations like this one, through Robbie Dunne of ESPN FC:
O Marseille or Red Bull Salzburg await the winner of this clash in the final, with the French team taking a 2-0 lead in their first leg at the Stade Velodrome on Thursday.
Simeone won the Europa League at the end of his first season in Madrid and is close to doing it again, but faces the possibility of losing his decisive match even if they advance.