Under pressure, Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman got angry after being sent off in a draw at Cadiz

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Under fire from Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman blew up the level of refereeing in Spain after he and Frenkie de Jong were both sent off in Thursday’s goalless draw against Cadiz.

Dutch midfielder De Jong received two yellow cards in the second half and Koeman was sent off in stoppage time for something he told the fourth referee.

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The draw was Barca’s second in La Liga this week, following Monday’s standoff against Granda at Camp Nou, and further increases the pressure on Koeman.

The Dutch coach will now serve a touchdown ban for Sunday’s game against Levante, as another poor result could spell the end of his tenure at Barca, sources telling ESPN earlier this week that the club were already considering replacements.

“I was sent off for telling the fourth referee that there was a second ball on the pitch and the game should be abandoned,” Koeman said at a press conference after drawing with Cadiz.

“Everyone has seen this except the referee. In this country they fire you for nothing … They say [it’s for] ‘attitude, attitude’ … It’s better to leave it at that because it’s not my problem. “

Barca are now winless in three games in all competitions, sources telling ESPN that the relationship between the coach and president Joan Laporta has deteriorated.

Laporta declined the option of explicitly supporting Koeman ahead of Thursday’s game and said “if decisions need to be made, we will make them” after Barca’s slow start to the season.

“It’s not just about the result, you have to analyze the attitude and the pace of work”, Koeman, who refused to answer questions from the media on Wednesday, said when asked if he fears for his future after Barca’s third draw in five league appearances this season.

“I can’t complain. We had four or five chances and we didn’t score, so for that reason I’m not happy. But what I’ll take with me is the attitude of the team. ‘team and not my personal situation. “

Defender Gerard Pique, meanwhile, claimed his comment “this is what it is” after the 3-0 Champions League loss to Bayern Munich last week has been taken out of context.

“When I said that, it was because four players were missing, Kun [Sergio Aguero], [Ansu] Fatoo, [Ousmane] Dembélé and [Martin] Braithwaite, ”Pique told Movistar.

“People take a title and change the context. I also said that we are going to compete this season. I’m not here wearing Barca’s shirt to finish second or third. I’m here to compete for every trophy.

“And I am convinced, despite the beginnings that we have made, that we will compete. The team is motivated. Sometimes you have to go through these moments.

“We know the fans are with us despite the situation, which is complicated for everyone. It’s been 12 years at the top. Now we all have to stay together. We will compete until the end, don’t doubt that .

“This club has been riding the crest of a wave for many years and maybe we are not used to it. It has been a convulsive period, a change of president, of coaches … we have to do everything our best to ensure stability.

“We all want to win. Let’s not look for a side, we can all complain or we can all shoot in the same direction. The players are there to shoot in the same direction. We are focused on the game and winning.”

Barca return to La Liga on Sunday against Levante at Camp Nou, with Ansu Fati in line to return after a 10-month absence with a knee injury. They then travel to Benfica and Atletico Madrid ahead of the October international break.


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