Ronaldo Koeman Red Card: Barca to Appeal Two Games Suspension

Ronaldo Koeman Red Card: Barca to Appeal Two Games Suspension.

Barcelona will appeal a two-game suspension handed to coach Ronaldo Koeman that will rule him out of a critical clash against Atlético Madrid in the wide-open Spanish league title race.

Koeman was shown a red card during Barcelona’s 2-1 home loss to Granada on Thursday for his use of what the referee considered disrespectful language. That defeat cost his team the chance to take the lead of the Spanish league.

The Spanish soccer federation increased the mandatory one-game ban to two 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 said Saturday. “To disrespect is to insult, and I was only commenting on several plays in a respectful manner.

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