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Ronald Koeman Fumes After Being Set Off in Barcelona's Shock Loss to Granada; Claims Referee "Disrespected Me"

Ronald Koeman was sent off in the 63rd minute for 'disrespecting' the official
Ronald Koeman was sent off in the 63rd minute for 'disrespecting' the official / Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

Ronald Koeman hit out at a fourth official for disrespecting him and sending him off during Barcelona's shock 2-1 defeat to Granada.

Koeman's side missed the chance to go top of LaLiga table after Lionel Messi's first half goal was cancelled out by second half goals from Darwin Machis and Jorge Molina at the Nou Camp. The Barca boss was seen protesting following Machis' goal, and the referee, Pablo Gonzalez, ran from the far side of the pitch to show the Dutchman a red card after consulting with his colleague.

Koeman pleaded his innocence post-match while pointing the finger at the fourth official for his role in the incident. "I don't get it at all. I didn't say anything, I didn't insult him. I spoke to the fourth referee and he disrespected me," said the Barca boss at his post-game press conference.

"I was not wrong, because according to the referee report I disrespected the fourth referee and for me, it is not like that. A lack of respect is insulting. I haven't used ugly words, not once. If they're going to put things I haven't said I'll have to do something. I don't understand."

Asked to assess his team's latest performance, Koeman added: "We have to accept that we lost today. It is really tough because it was a good opportunity to win tonight. The defeat was mainly due to a lack of concentration in defence during Granada's two goals. It is a very disappointing result. It is a very hard defeat because we controlled our own destiny, but we still have five games left."

Barcelona remain third on the table, level on points with Real Madrid. Koeman will be missing from the dugout for his side's all-important clash with league leaders, Atletico Madrid, on May 8.