The manager of FC Barcelona, Ronald Koeman is not allowed to stand on the touchline for the club’s two Spanish La Liga games courtesy of the red card he received on Thursday, September 23.
Recall that on the said date, Ronald Koeman led FC Barcelona to the Estadio Nuevo Mirandilla to play a La Liga game against Cadiz. Normally, Barca ought to win the game, but they struggled to run away with a 0-0 draw.
The draw was not the only big news that came out from the game, a Barcelona player, Frenkie De Jong received a red card in the 65th minute after receiving two yellow cards in the game.
When Barca fans thought they have seen the worst from the game, the club’s player Sergio Busquets decided to kick a second ball that found its way to the pitch on an opponent. This misconduct attracted a yellow card in the late minutes of the game.
Ronald Koeman failed to agitate the yellow card slammed on his player as calmly as he could. Hence, his protest offended referee Del Cerro Grande. The referee did not hesitate to send him to the stands.
After the game, Ronald Koeman who thought that was the worst he could get for dissent told Barca TV that in Spain, one can be sent off for doing nothing.
“They didn’t send me off for nervousness, they sent me off for telling the referee that there was a second ball and the game had to be stopped”, Koeman claimed.
“In this country, they send you off for nothing! I asked why and he said ‘attitude, attitude’ … we better leave it.”
Little did it know that his comment would further worsen his punishment. The governing body of the league was left with no choice but to confirm his two-match touchline ban.
Based on the ban, the Dutch tactician will not be on the touchline for FC Barcelona’s game on Sunday, September 26. The match is against Levante which will kick off at 15:15.
He would not also be on the touchline when Barcelona take on Atletico Madrid on Saturday, October 2, 2021, at 20:00.
However, the ban does not affect FC Barcelona’s UEFA Champions League game against Benfica on Wednesday, September 29, 2021. The Champions League game will kick off at 20:00.
On the other hand, Frenkie De Jong who received a red card during the FC Barcelona and Cadiz game would only miss the Sunday league game against Levante.