Ronald Koeman says referees in Spain send out people off” for nothing “after both he and midfielder Frenkie de Jong were dismissed in Barcelona’s alarming 0-0 draw with Cadiz on Thursday.
Barca’s hopes of leaving Andalusia with a much-needed win were dealt a blow when De Jong received a second yellow card in the 65th minute for following through on Alfonso Espino after initially winning the ball.
The Catalan giants’ issues were compounded deep into stoppage time when Koeman was likewise ejected for his protestations towards referee Carlos del Cerro Grande.
The stalemate implies Barca have actually now drawn three of their opening 5 LaLiga games this season to sit 7 points adrift of leaders Real Madrid, although Carlo Ancelotti’s side have actually played a game more.
Koeman’s dismissal followed a frenzied duration that saw two balls in play at the same time, with the Dutchman claiming he was given his marching orders by Cerro Grande for informing him to the circumstance. Sergio Busquets was reserved for kicking the rogue ball towards the Cadiz player in possession.
“It was not since of anxiety, it was since I told the fourth official that there was a 2nd ball on the referee and the field needed to stop the game. Everyone except the referee saw it,” he told Movistar.
“They expel you for nothing, in this country they expel you for absolutely nothing. I have asked the referee as regular. Attitude? We leave it since it is not my problem.”
The goalless draw suggests Barca have actually failed to scored in 2 of their past 3 video games across all competitions — as numerous as in their previous 41 matches.
On the other hand, their tally of eight objectives scored at this phase of the season is their worst since the 2003-04 season when they scored just five in their opening 5 matches.
Koeman’s future has been the subject of extreme speculation in recent weeks and the Dutchman understands that is unlikely to decrease in the coming days.
“I do not talk about my personal circumstance,” he added. “It seems that if I win I continue and if I lose the club has to discover another coach. It is for you [to talk about]
“The president [Joan Laporta] was at the hotel, and we welcomed each other quickly before leaving. Definitely there will be more days to discuss this issue if the club wishes to talk.”
Barca are next in action against Levante at Camp Nou on Sunday.