The Spanish Football Federation banned Ronald Koeman for two games on Friday after the Dutchman was sent off during his team’s 2-1 defeat at Granada. Koeman will miss crucial matches in Barcelona’s bid to win La Liga. The 58-year-old was given the suspension after receiving a red card in the 66th minute of Thursday’s defeat, which has left the La Liga title race wide open.
As the Catalan giants attempt to wrest the crown from current champions Real Madrid, Koeman will be barred from the bench for their matches against Valencia on Sunday and Atletico Madrid at home the following weekend.
Barca is currently in third place in La Liga, with four teams in contention for the championship as the Spanish top flight enters its final five games. Koeman’s side are two points behind Atletico and level on 71 points with second-placed Madrid, while Sevilla, who have won their last five matches, is a further point back in fourth.