Photo: German "Mono" Burgos
Atletico Madrid assistant coach German “Mono” Burgos has been suspended for three games for confronting a referee during the Spanish-league club’s match last weekend against crosstown rival Real Madrid.
The Competition Committee of the Royal Spanish Soccer Federation, or RFEF, sanctioned Burgos for protesting the referee’s decision by shouting and raising his arms “conspicuously and repeatedly.”
“After being expelled, he continued to protest by confronting me face-to-face and having to be restrained by several of his club’s coaches and players due to his aggressive attitude toward me,” referee Carlos Delgado Ferreiro was quoted as saying in the committee’s ruling on the incident.
The committee also dismissed an appeal filed by Atletico Madrid against the yellow card that was awarded to striker Diego Costa for diving and which prompted Burgos’ reaction.
The match, which was played Sunday at the Vicente Calderon Stadium, ended in a 2-2 draw.
Costa has been suspended for one game, while two other Atleti players, Arda Turan and Diego Godin, also will miss the club’s next La Liga match Saturday against Celta de Vigo after being booked during the Madrid derby.
Atletico Madrid is currently in third place in the Spanish-league standings, three points behind first-place Real Madrid and two points behind FC Barcelona.