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Football: Simeone, Alonso hit with UEFA charges

UEFA opened disciplinary proceedings against Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone and Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso following Saturday's Champions League final.

PARIS: UEFA opened disciplinary proceedings against Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone and Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso on Tuesday following Saturday's Champions League final.

Simeone rushed on to the pitch to angrily confront Real defender Raphael Varane in the wake of Real's fourth goal in Lisbon.

The Argentine's furious reaction apparently came in response to Varane kicking the ball in Simeone's direction following Cristiano Ronaldo's penalty that put the icing on a 4-1 victory in extra-time.

Meanwhile Alonso, who was suspended for the final, was also charged for "breaching the general codes of conduct".

In addition, both clubs were also charged over the use of pyrotechnics and for the "inappropriate behaviour" of their players. Five Real players were booked during the final while seven Atletico players were cautioned.

The cases will go before UEFA's control and disciplinary body on July 17.

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