MADRID: Barcelona coach Ronaldo Koeman was hit with a two-game ban by the Spanish FA (RFEF) after receiving a red card in Thursday’s 2-1 home loss to Granada and will miss a visit from the leaders of la Liga, Atletico Madrid next Saturday. .
The Dutchman’s suspension begins with Sunday’s trip to his former club Valencia as Barca look to bounce back from the 2-1 loss to Granada, meaning the Catalans no longer have the title fate in their hands.
Koeman was sacked following Darwin Machis’ 63rd minute equalizer for Granada and in his post-match report the referee said that Barca coach, having previously been warned of his conduct, had spoken degradingly to the fourth official, shouting “What a character” to him.
The suspension, pronounced by the competitions committee of the RFEF, is “acts of denigration or recklessness towards referees, directors or sports authorities”, for which two matches are the standard sanction.
Barca sit third in the table with 71 points, two behind leaders Atletico and with the same points as Real Madrid, which they follow due to their lower record. – Reuters