Ronald Koeman has been handed a two-game ban by the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF)’s Competition Committee after being sent off during Barcelona’s 2-1 defeat at home to Granada on Thursday evening.
Hence, the Dutchman will not be able to be in the dugout for Barcelona’s next two LaLiga Santander games, which are away at Valencia and against Atletico Madrid at the Camp Nou.
“[Koeman has been handed a] suspension of two games due to an attitude of contempt or disregard for the referees, directors or sports authorities,” read the Competition Committee’s report, which was released on Friday.
Referee Pablo Gonzalez Fuertes sent off Koeman in the 66th minute of the game against Granada, who grabbed a famous win at the Camp Nou
“After being warned about his observations, [Koeman] again addressed the fourth official in the following terms: ‘What a character,'” wrote Gonzalez Fuertes in his report.
After the game, Koeman stressed that his remarks towards the fourth official were anything but disrespectful.
“I don’t understand it because according to [Barcelona matchday delegate] Carles Naval they have put on the record that I have disrespected the fourth official,” said Koeman.
“I have not said anything bad. I have not insulted him. It is incredible. But if the fourth official wants to be the protagonist of the night…
“I have commented on something, but with all due respect I have not used an ugly word.
“He responded to me in a way that is not good. He has disrespected me.
“If they put something that I did not say in the report, I have to do something.
“It affects me not to sit on the bench, because I have not done anything wrong.”
This was the first time Koeman has been sent off during a game since his arrival at Barcelona, who could appeal against the Competition Committee’s ruling.
After Koeman’s sending off, it was his assistant, Alfred Schreuder, who took charge of the team in the dugout. He was in touch with his compatriot for the remainder of the game via a phone call.