Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone has denied media reports that he made an offensive gesture towards the referee and confronted Neymar during his side's Copa del Rey second leg against Barcelona on Wednesday.
Barca won 3-2 to reach the quarterfinals 4-2 on aggregate after a game that saw Atletico finish with nine men and blame Neymar for "provocation" after he had tormented his markers before being substituted early.
Subsequent reports claimed Simeone made a gesture towards referee Jesus Gil Manzano...
Atletico Madrid will look to put the drama of Wednesday's Copa del Rey clash with Barcelona firmly behind them when they travel to Eibar in the Primera Division on Saturday.
The league champions lost the second leg of their quarter-final 3-2, going down 4-2 on aggregate, and had both Gabi and Mario Suarez sent off in a bad-tempered affair at the Vicente Calderon.
Now they turn their attention back to the league, where they sit in third place, three points behind second-placed Barcelona, after four...
Barcelona star Neymar has called for "respect" after he was criticised by Atletico Madrid's players and local media for "provocative" behaviour during Wednesday night's Copa del Rey quarterfinal second leg at the Estadio Vicente Calderon.
Neymar was the focus of much of the attention during the game, scoring twice as his team won 3-2 to progress 4-2 on aggregate to the semifinals, while also being involved in a half-time scuffle with a number of opponents including the Fernando Torres.
After "temporarily misplacing" one of his boots during Atletico Madrid's Copa del Rey defeat against Barcelona on Wednesday evening, Arda Turan's friends marked the Turkish midfielder's birthday two days later by providing him with a replacement.
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Of course, being considerate types, Turan's pals made sure his new boot was made solely of sponge cake and raspberry jam so as to ensure he couldn't injure any poor unfortunate linesmen with it in the near future.
Atlético Madrid hero Arda Turan...