Koeman banned from the touchline for Atleti and Valencia
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Koeman banned from the touchline for Atleti and Valencia

After being sent off during Barcelona's home loss to Granada on Thursday, manager Ronald Koeman has been given a two-match suspension.

The Dutchman's suspension begins with Barca's visit to his former club Valencia on Sunday, as the Catalans try to come back from their upset 2-1 loss to Granada, which means they no longer have control of the title race.

After Darwin Machis's 63rd-minute equalizer for Granada, Koeman was given his marching orders, and the referee said in his post-game report that the Barca boss, who had already been cautioned about his behavior, spoke degradingly to the fourth official, shouting "What a character" at him.

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The suspension was imposed by the RFEF Competition Committee and falls under the category of "acts of disparagement or thoughtlessness against referees, directors, or sporting authorities," which carries a regular penalty of two games.

Barca are currently in third place in the table with 71 points, two points behind leaders Atletico Madrid and the same number of points as Real Madrid, whom they trail due to their inferior head-to-head record.

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