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Atletico Madrid handed huge blow ahead of Arsenal clash

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Arsenal travel to Madrid on Thursday evening to face Atletico in the second-leg of the Europa League semi-final, with the match delicately poised after a 1-1 draw at the Emirates Stadium last week.

The Gunners held the advantage against ten-man Atletico for the majority of the game but were pegged back by a late strike from Antoine Griezmann, giving the Spanish side a slight advantage due to their away goal.

However, The Sun reports a major blow for Atletico ahead of the second-leg as it’s stated that Diego Simeone will not be allowed any contact with his players after being sent to the stands in last week’s 1-1 draw.

Simeone reacted angrily to the early dismissal of Sime Vrsaljko in the first-leg and was sent from the touchline after just 12 minutes, forced to watch the remainder of the game from the executive boxes, and a huge issue has emerged ahead of this week’s tie.

UEFA rules stipulate that any banned manager can not have any contact with his players, meaning that assistant boss German Burgos will take charge of the crucial match.

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