Copa del Rey: Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone banned for three cup games for Sevilla protests
Simeone was sent to the stands in the aftermath of Pablo Sarabia's 79th-minute goal for Sevilla, after he argued vociferously with and then sarcastically applauded officials.
Madrid: Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone was on Friday suspended for three Copa del Rey matches following his protests at officials as his side were knocked out by Sevilla in the quarter-finals.
Fiery Argentine Simeone was sent to the stands in the aftermath of Pablo Sarabia's 79th-minute goal at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium in Seville on Tuesday, after he argued vociferously with and then sarcastically applauded officials.
Sarabia's strike put Vincenzo Montella's Sevilla 3-1 up in the second leg and 5-2 on aggregate, setting up a semi-final clash with Leganes.
LaLiga: Eden Hazard makes injury return as Real Madrid slip up in title race with draw against Real Betis
Eden Hazard was thrown on for the last 15 minutes of the 0-0 draw at Valdebebas in what was only the Belgian's second appearance in three months but Madrid could not find a way through.
Barcelona held on for a win that puts them level on points with Real Madrid, having a played a game less than the reigning champions.
Messi scored a double to take his LaLiga tally to 28 goals for the season, seven ahead of Karim Benzema and even more remarkable given his relatively slow start.