Sime­one wants away goals rule change

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Sport - - SOCCER -

ATLETICO MADRID coach Diego Sime­one has called on UEFA to change the away-goals rule, sug­gest­ing sides play­ing the sec­ond leg away have an un­fair ad­van­tage un­der cur­rent reg­u­la­tions.

The Ar­gen­tine, who was sent off in the first leg of Atletico’s 2-1 ag­gre­gate Europa League semi-fi­nal vic­tory over Ar­se­nal, re­ceived a four-game sus­pen­sion from Euro­pean soc­cer’s gov­ern­ing body for the in­ci­dent.

Sime­one, 48, has served the first match of the ban and lo­cal me­dia re­ported that he will con­test the pun­ish­ment, which if up­held would mean he can­not sit in the dugout dur­ing the fi­nal against Olympique de Mar­seille on May 16 in Lyon.

“UEFA needs to have a look at how dif­fi­cult it is to play a sec­ond leg at home, with your op­po­nent hav­ing 30 ex­tra min­utes in which one of their goals counts dou­ble, when as the home side you don’t have this ad­van­tage,” Sime­one told a news con­fer­ence.

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