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Croatian U19 player sees red for imitating Simeone's 'cojones' celebration

  /  autty

A young Croatian footballer was sent off for imitating Diego Simeone's 'cojones' celebration in an Under 19's game.

The Atletico Madrid boss hit the headlines last month by grabbing his crotch after his side scored their second goal in their Champions League round of 16 first leg win over Juventus.

Explaining his gesture, Simeone said: 'I did it as a player at Lazio and I did it again to show our fans that we have cojones. I can only apologise if anyone was offended. It wasn't aimed at the other team, I was turning towards our own supporters.'

But while Simeone was fined £17,000 for his celebration, over in Croatia, Hajduk Split Under 19 player Tino Blaz Laus received a straight red card for his antics.

After scoring to extend his side's lead to 3-1 against Hrvatski Dragovoljac, Laus channelled his inner Simeone and mimicked his 'cojones' celebration.

However, it didn't go down well with the referee, who promptly brandished a red card to the Hajduk Split player.

It comes amid plans from UEFA to make an example of Cristiano Ronaldo, who controversially also done the celebration after his hat-trick inspired Juventus to overturn a two-goal deficit against Atletico to progress in the Champions League.

According to reports in Italy, Ronaldo could face retrospective action with the governing body set to open an inquiry into Ronaldo for his gesture towards the Atletico fans.