Barcelona will appeal a two-game suspension handed to coach Ronaldo Koeman that can rule him out of a essential conflict in opposition to Atlético Madrid within the wide-open La Liga title race.
Koeman was proven a purple card throughout Barcelona’s 2-1 dwelling loss to Granada on Thursday for his use of what the referee thought-about disrespectful language. That defeat price his crew the possibility to take the lead of the Spanish league.
The Spanish soccer federation elevated the necessary one-game ban to two video games after reviewing the case, prompting an appeal from Barcelona.
“According to the referee report, I disrespected the assistant referee and for me that is not correct,” Koeman mentioned Saturday. “To disrespect is to insult, and I was only commenting on several plays in a respectful manner.
“The sending off bothers me because it is not fair,” the Dutchman continued. “We will have to see what happens (regarding the appeal).”
Referee Pablo González recorded in his match report that Koeman was proven a purple card for saying to the referee assistant “what a character” after having been warned a number of instances to watch his language. The federation’s competitors committee then added a second recreation to the suspension on Friday night time.
That would preserve Koeman out of the dugout for Barcelona’s match at Valencia on Sunday and subsequent spherical’s recreation in opposition to Atlético at Camp Nou that can straight influence the title struggle.
Atlético, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Sevilla are all in competition to win probably the most disputed league title in years.