Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone revealed the reason for his refusal to shake hands with his counterpart Jurgen Klopp, coach of Liverpool, after the two teams met, on Tuesday, in the group stage of the Champions League.
Simeone said in statements highlighted by the Spanish newspaper “AS”: “I usually do not do this after matches because I do not like it, I do not like the forced greeting (forcing a handshake), I go quickly from the stadium out of respect for the situation, I do not think it is healthy for the winner or the loser. I don’t share that culture, and if I see Klopp now I have no problem greeting him.”
Simeone added: “It was a strong match against a great team, and they usually score a lot of goals in their matches. In the second half, their goalkeeper made a great save.”
He explained: “As we saw the progress of the match, the result became 1-2, then 2-2. We were better in the second half as well, and then Griezmann was sent off, then the penalty kick, and then the referee refused to award us a penalty kick. We understood the decision to expel our player despite We have our interpretation, but the important thing is what the referee saw, there was a great start from Liverpool, and it was a great reaction from us strongly to hold out with ten players, as we could have equalized with Korea’s opportunity.”
And regarding the expulsion of one of his players, Simeone confirmed that “the expulsion spoiled the matter, and the great performance in the match leaves the team at a very important moment, but it is clear that he was looking at the ball (the moment of expulsion), something similar happened before, but the interpretation of the referee was not in our favor.” “.
Klopp also commented on the incident, saying: “I do not like it but the situation was clear, I wanted to shake hands with him but his reaction was not great, the next time we see each other we will shake hands of course, it is clear that he was angry, not at me but from the match , There is nothing else”.
Video clips showed that Klopp went to shake hands with Simeone after the end of the match, but the Atletico Madrid coach appeared to run to the dressing room without going to shake hands with the German coach, which showed the distress on the latter’s face.
Atletico Madrid was defeated at home by Liverpool 3-2 in the third round of the Champions League group stage.
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