Ronald Koeman is handed two-match touchline ban for Barcelona

Ronald Koeman’s two-match touchline ban is confirmed with Barcelona boss set to miss crucial games against Valencia and Atletico Madrid after shouting ‘what a character’ at fourth official during their loss to Granada

  • Ronald Koeman has been slapped with a two-match ban after his recent conduct
  • The Dutchman was sent to stands for ‘disrespecting’ officials in loss to Granada 
  • He will miss two huge games coming up for Barca against Valencia and Atletico 

Barcelona coach Ronaldo Koeman has been hit with a two-game ban by the Spanish FA (RFEF) after being shown a red card in Thursday’s shock 2-1 defeat at home to Granada and will miss the visit of La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid next Saturday.

The Dutchman’s suspension starts with Sunday’s trip to his former club Valencia as Barca look to bounce back from the shock 2-1 defeat by Granada which means the Catalans no longer have the destiny of the title in their own hands.

Koeman was dismissed in the aftermath of Darwin Machis’s 63rd minute equaliser for Granada and in his post-game report the referee said the Barca coach, having already been warned about his conduct, spoke degradingly to the fourth official, shouting ‘What a character’ at him.

Ronald Koeman has been handed a two-match touchline ban after ‘disrespecting’ a referee during their 2-1 loss to Granada

Koeman was accused of saying ‘what a character’ to a fourth official after being previously warned about his conduct

The suspension, handed down by the RFEF Competition Committee, comes under the umbrella of ‘acts of disparagement or thoughtlessness towards referees, directors or sporting authorities,’ for which two games is the standard punishment.

However, Koeman hit out at the decision to send him to the stands, in which he spent the remainder of the game giving instructions to the dugout by phone, insisting it was the fourth official who was rude to him. 

‘I don’t understand why they sent me off,’ Koeman told Movistar. ‘They said it was for disrespecting the fourth official. 

The Dutchman will now miss two crucial games coming up against Valencia and Atletico 

‘I’d like to know what I’m supposed to have said. He’s the one who is rude towards me. If they put something I haven’t said in the referee’s report then I’ll have to do something.’

The game saw Lionel Messi open the scoring for Barcelona before they were undone by a second half comeback that saw Darwin Machis and Jorge Molina net late goals at the Nou Camp.

Barca sit third in the table on 71 points, two behind leaders Atletico and with the same points as Real Madrid, who they trail due to their inferior head-to-head record.

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