The under-fire FC Barcelona manager got a red card as his side lost more valuable points in La Liga away to Cadiz.
A furious Ronald Koeman slammed the referee’s decision to send him off during the dying moments of Barcelona’s 0-0 draw with Cadiz.
The Dutchman was left unimpressed as the referee, Carlos del Cerro Grande, handed Sergio Busquets a yellow card for kicking a ball away soon after he had sent Frenkie de Jong off for two bookable offenses.
Koeman tried to protest to the referee that there were two balls on the pitch and that the game had to be stopped during Busquets’ booking. However, he instead won himself a one-way ticket to the stands.
“In this country, they send you off for nothing,” Koeman told Barca TV at the end of the match. “Everybody saw the second ball on the pitch, except for the referee, and that says everything.”
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What now for Koeman?
Thursday night’s showing in Cadiz was a sorry affair for Barcelona. The lifeless Blaugrana were a far cry from their glory days in the Lionel Messi era, mustering just two shots on target. Their attacking play was dull and lacked any of the usual creativity or flair.
The 0-0 draw in Andalusia leaves Barcelona down in seventh place in La Liga and seven points behind leaders Real Madrid, albeit with a game in hand.
With support dwindling from both the club’s own fanbase and hierarchy, Koeman’s days at Camp Nou look increasingly numbered.