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Simeone explains Klopp handshake snub after Atletico’s loss to Liverpool

Diego Simeone - Atletico Madrid, Jurgen Klopp - Liverpool
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The Spaniard sprinted straight down the tunnel after seeing his side come off second-best in an enthralling end-to-end contest at the Wanda Metropolitano.

Diego Simeone justifies his decision to snub an offer of a handshake from Jurgen Klopp after Atletico Madrid’s defeat to Liverpool by saying he’s not a fan of shaking hands with opposition managers after a game.

Liverpool beat Atletico Madrid 3-2 in their controversy-filled Champions League encounter on Tuesday.

Atletico were reduced to ten men when Antoine Griezmann was shown a straight red for a challenge on Roberto Firmino. Griezmann sending off was a bit questionable, but that wasn’t the only questionable decision by referee Daniel Siebert, who awarded Liverpool a contestable penalty before denying Atletico one late in the game.

Simeone was animated on the touchline and proceeded to storm off to the dressing room at the final whistle, ignoring his opposite number’s attempt to shake hands.

“I never shake hands after a match, because I don’t like it,” said Simeone (via Goal). “It isn’t healthy for either the one who wins or the one who loses.

“That’s the way I see it. But now when I see him I will shake his hand without problem.”