Barcelona coach Koeman given two-match touchline ban for dissent

Ronald Koeman was dismissed in the dying seconds of the match against Cadiz for dissent after Sergio Busquets had kicked a second ball that was on the pitch into an opposition player to get the game stopped.

Ronald Koeman

Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman will be absent from the touchline for Sunday's home game with Levante and next week's trip to defending champion Atletico Madrid.   -  AP

Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman has been handed a two-game touchline ban by the Spanish football federation's competition committee after he was shown a red card in Thursday's goalless La Liga draw with Cadiz, the Catalan club said.

Koeman was dismissed in the dying seconds of the match for dissent after Sergio Busquets had kicked a second ball that was on the pitch into an opposition player to get the game stopped.

The Dutchman will be absent from the touchline for Sunday's home game with Levante and next week's trip to defending champion Atletico Madrid.

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Barcelona, which is seventh in the standings with nine points from five games, said it would appeal to reduce Koeman's ban to one game.

Barcelona's poor results have heaped pressure on Koeman, whose future at the club has come under doubt. Club President Joan Laporta had backed Koeman as manager before Thursday's match but also said he had to start producing better football and the board would not shirk tough decisions if needed.

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