Barcelona to appeal again after Koeman ban is upheld for Atletico Madrid game


Barcelona must appeal to Spain’s Administrative Sports Tribunal (TAD) after head coach Ronald Koeman’s touchline ban upheld for La Liga title contender on Saturday with Atletico Madrid .

Koeman has been hit with a two-match suspension after receiving a red card for comments he allegedly made to the fourth official in his side’s 2-1 home loss to Granada last Thursday.

The 58-year-old missed Sunday’s 3-2 win over Valencia, with assistant coach Alfred Schreuder in charge of the victory leaving Barca two points behind leaders Atletico ahead of this weekend’s clash.

Barcelona had hoped Koeman would return for this massive Camp Nou game, but it was announced on Wednesday that their appeal was unsuccessful.

However, the Catalan giants will now take their case to TAD and have requested a temporary suspension of the ban which will allow the Dutchman to be on the sideline against Atletico.

Barca are also behind second-placed Real Madrid due to a lower head-to-head record and face Levante, Celta Vigo and Eibar after Atleti’s visit.

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