Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone has been blasted by both Peter Crouch and Jolean Lescott after he refused to shake hands with Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp.
Liverpool registered a 3-2 victory over ten-man Atletico Madrid on Tuesday evening, thanks to Mohamed Salah's brace and a goal from Naby Keita. After the final whistle, Simeone left without shaking hands with Klopp, with pundits Crouch and Lescott left astonished by the Argentine's behavior.
"You’re so caught up in the game that you forget the VAR moments, the penalties, the sendings off, all the goals we had," said Crouch.
"There was so much drama and not even a handshake at the end of it! I’ve got to respect him so much as a manager, Simeone, but I just think during the game, winding the crowd up, winding the players up, I understand it."
"But then not shaking hands at the end, I just think he lets himself down."
"I’m the same, I think it’s petty," the ex-Manchester City defender said.
"I think he handled himself well yesterday with regards to the remarks Jurgen Klopp made before the game – he didn’t seem phased by it. But then to not shake his hand and run off up the tunnel, it was cowardly in my opinion."