Barcelona appeals Ronald Koeman’s two-match ban, which would make him miss a massive clash with Atletico Madrid in the LaLiga title race after being sent off for ‘disrespectful language’ in Granada’s shocking loss
- The defeat to Granada cost Barcelona first place in LaLiga with five games to go
- Ronald Koeman has dismissed claims that he did not respect the assistant referee
- The Spanish Football Association increased the mandatory game ban to two
- Barcelona will host league leaders Atletico Madrid in a crucial game this Saturday
Barcelona will appeal a two-game suspension handed to Ronald Koeman that will rule him out from a critical clash against Atletico Madrid in the Spanish title race.
Koeman was shown a red card during Barcelona’s 2-1 home loss to Granada on Thursday for his use of what the referee considered disrespectful language. That defeat cost his team the chance to be on top of LaLiga with five games to go.
The Spanish Football Association increased the mandatory game ban to two games after reviewing the case, prompting an appeal from Barcelona.
Ronald Koeman received a red card after ‘disrespectful use of language’ against the assistant referee
Koeman looks on as his Barcelona team lost 2-1 to Granada on Thursday
“According to the referee report, I had no respect for the assistant referee and that is not correct for me,” said Koeman on Saturday.
‘Disrespect is insulting, and I have only commented on various plays in a respectful way.
“The broadcast bothers me because it is not fair,” the Dutchman continued. “We’ll have to see what happens (regarding the profession).”
Referee Pablo Gonzalez noted in his match report that Koeman was given a red card for telling the referee’s assistant ‘what a character’ after being warned several times to pay attention to his language.
Koeman’s suspension could make him miss next weekend’s crunch clash with Atletico Madrid
The league committee of the federation then added a second game to the suspension on Friday evening.
That would keep Koeman out of the dugout for Barcelona’s game in Valencia on Sunday and their next game against Atletico at the Nou Camp, which will have a huge impact on the title race.
Atletico, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Seville are all competing for the most contested league title in years.