Diego Simeone was slammed by Joleon Lescott as "cowardly" after refusing to shake Jurgen Klopp's hand following Liverpool's Champions League win over Atletico Madrid.

And Peter Crouch saying Simeone had "let himself down" by snubbing his opposite number after tempers flared in the 3-2 thriller.

Simeone was incensed after referee Daniel Siebert reversed his decision to award Atletico a penalty late in the game, with Mohamed Salah having scored from the spot at the other end.

The Atletico boss had seen Antoine Griezmann sent off for a high boot which struck Roberto Firmino in the head, with the France striker having earlier scored twice to cancel out strikes from Salah and Naby Keita.

And after the game Simeone opted not shake Klopp's hand, angering the Liverpool manager as he instead ran straight down the tunnel.

Diego Simeone ran off down the tunnel instead of shaking Jurgen Klopp's hand

The Rojiblancos boss was blasted by the pundits in the BT Sport studio, with former Liverpool striker Crouch saying: "You've got to respect him so much as a manager, Simeone - during the game winding the crowd, the players up, I understand it.

"But not shaking hands at the end, I just think he lets himself down."

Lescott went even further than his colleague, saying: "I think it’s petty, the comments from Jurgen Klopp before the game he didn’t seem phased by it, but tonight not shaking his hand to run off down the tunnel is quite cowardly in my opinion."

Klopp had said before the game he respected Simeone as a coach, but didn't "like" his style of play.

Liverpool's winner came late in the game after Mario Hermoso's clumsy challenge on Diogo Jota, and Crouch slammed Simeone for his antics on the touchline in the lead-up.

"Six minutes [to bring subs on], he was losing the plot, he was asking his players to kick the ball off," said Crouch. "Then Hermoso goes, has a rush of blood, takes Jota out, it was a ridiculous to decision to earn a penalty, it was a get out of jail free card really."

Peter Crouch said Simeone had "left himself down" (

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Atletico thought they had a chance to equalise from the spot late on, but Siebert reversed his decision following a VAR check on a challenge on Jose Maria Gimenez by Jota.

And Lescott said: "I think the right decision was made. I could see why it was a penalty, why he blew the whistle at the start. I think Gimenez has made a meal of it, had he went down with a bit more natural ease, he gives the pen."

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