Simeone apologises for ball grabbing gesture after Atletico win

The Atletico Madrid coach's celebration drew criticism in some quarters

Simeone pidió perdón en la rueda de prensa
Simeone pidió perdón en la rueda de prensa | EFE

Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone has said sorry for the gesture he made while celebrating his side's win over Juventus in midweek. 

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Atletico upset the odds in the first leg of their Champions League round of 16 tie against the Italian giants by recording a 2-0 win in the Spanish capital. 

Simeone celebrated the win by grabbing his balls, which he explained at the time signified the "balls" his side had shown to win such a tough game. 

But there has been a lot of fallout to the gesture and the Atletico coach has apologised. 

"I apologise to the people that were offended by my gesture the other day -- and to Juventus," Simeone said in a press conference. 

"It was a bad way to express what I felt about my players' [performance]. I hope we can close the issue now." 

After the Juve game, Simeone had said: "It meant that we have balls. A lot of balls. I [made the gesture] before when I was a player. Putting in Costa and Koke after a month out... they had to have balls and they did."  

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