Sun 15 August 2021 | 21:05

Handball is not clear to me - Simeone confused by Celta penalty

The Spain international was judged to have handled Iago Aspas’ flick during their clash against Celta Vigo, despite Atletico Madrid securing a victory in their La Liga opener.

The rules of handball confused

Diego Simeone

after the penalty decision made during

Atletico Madrid


Celta Vigo

’s battle.

The La Liga champions started defending their title by a 2-1 victory on Sunday courtesy of

Angel Correa

’s brace.

Correa scored the opener during the first half, but Celta leveled the game when

Marcus Llorente

was adjudged to have handled from Iago Aspas' flick.

However, Correa helped his side turn things around once again through a goal in the 64th minute.

After the match, the Atleti manager admitted that he is having a hard time understanding the rules of handball.


The other day we were meeting with the referees and it is very difficult to understand what is handball and what is not,"

Simeone said.

"I still believe that VAR is very good and that the referees seek to decide what they see as the best."

Celta striker Aspas backed up Simeone’s point, revealing that he thought a penalty would not be gifted.


It is not clear to me about the handball. If I'm honest, at the time I thought it wasn't a penalty,"

the forward told Movistar+. 

"I didn't see it quite right. Marcos [Llorente] told me it was not and I trusted him until the referee decided it was a penalty."

Simeone was satisfied with his side’s performance.


We played a very good game. We created many difficulties for a team that plays very well,"

Simeone said.

"In the second half after the penalty, a different dynamism is generated and the team responds very well with a goal.

"The pace with which it was played was very high. It makes me very happy. We talked about how to solve this very different preparation that all the teams had and we tried to make it a challenge and not a problem."

source: SportMob

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