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Ronald Koeman says he was disrespected by the fourth official after being despatched off as Barcelona crashed to a 2-1 defeat to Granada on Thursday.

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Lionel Messi gave Barca an early lead at Camp Nou however second-half objectives from Darwin Marchis and Jorge Molina denied Koeman’s aspect the possibility to leapfrog Atletico Madrid on the prime of the desk.

Koeman’s frustrations boiled over late on when he was despatched to the stands by referee Pablo Gonzalez Fuertes after a confrontation with the fourth official. Fuerte’s match report mentioned he dismissed the Dutch coach for saying “What a personality” to his assistant following repeated warnings about his behaviour.

“In line with the report I disrespected the fourth official,” Koeman mentioned in his postgame information convention. “I do not perceive as a result of I did not insult him in any respect. If something, the best way he spoke to me was disrespectful.

“I spoke to him about varied incidents however at all times respectfully. I might prefer to know what phrases I supposedly used as a result of I did not say something ugly. It is unbelievable. But when the fourth official needs to be the centre of consideration…”

Pending an attraction, Koeman shall be unable to take a seat on the bench for Barca’s subsequent two video games in opposition to Valencia and Atletico Madrid because the La Liga title race strikes into the ultimate stretch.

With 5 video games to go, simply three factors separate leaders Atletico and fourth-placed Sevilla FC, with Actual Madrid and Barca second and third respectively, two factors behind Atletico.

Even a draw in opposition to Granada would have saved Barca’s destiny in their very own palms, given they host Atletico on Could. 8, however they’re now depending on Madrid dropping factors as Los Blancos have the superior head-to-head file between the 2 groups.

Koeman blamed the shock defeat to Granada on sloppiness in defence.

“We dominated the primary half and will have scored one or two extra so we may calm down a bit extra on the finish of the sport,” Koeman added.

“Analysing the 2 objectives we conceded, it was all the way down to an absence of focus in defence. That is what’s price us the factors. We did not defend properly, lower out passes or shut down areas.

“It is a massive disappointment. It is a setback as a result of we do not depend upon ourselves anymore. We now have to select ourselves up, have a look at what we have achieved incorrect right here after which put together for a vital sport on Sunday [at Valencia].”

Messi’s twenty sixth aim of the La Liga marketing campaign appeared to have set Barca on observe for the highest however he missed the possibility to double his aspect’s lead and Antoine Griezmann, who brilliantly arrange Messi’s aim, additionally missed a very good opening early within the second half.

“It is a unhealthy day,” defender Jordi Alba mentioned. “We tried till the top, however we weren’t scientific. It was a singular alternative to go prime and now we do not depend upon ourselves anymore.

“[Granada] mainly bought ahead twice and scored twice. I believe we’ve got to kill video games off sooner. This can be a massive blow, however we should win our remaining 5 video games now. There’s nothing else for it.”

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