Diego Simeone reveals why Atletico Madrid refused to give Real Madrid guard of honou

Diego Simeone reveals why Atletico Madrid refused to give Real Madrid guard of honou

Last season's La Liga winners Atletico Madrid recently refused to give a guard of honour to Real Madrid, who won the Spanish league in 2021/22.

Explaining the reason behind the snub, Diego Simeone told reporters: "The reality is what the club said in a press release, explaining perfectly, congratulating Real Madrid above all, the footballers, the technical staff, because they have done a great job.

"We respect Real Madrid, but we have more [respect] for Atletico fans.

"I don't know if this is represented in other world championships. Each society is different.

"The Spanish one has this guard of honour for their rivals, [but] as an example, where I come from I don't use it. We live differently too."

Rivalries do matter in football but in an ideal world, a sense of sportsmanship should be more important.

Interestingly, Barcelona recently gave a guard of honour to Real Betis, who won the Copa del Rey this year.

Source: Goal
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