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Ronald Koeman : I was sent off for removing an extra ball from the pitch.

Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman has expressed his sadness for being sent off for removing an extra ball from the pitch in his side's goalless draw against Cadiz.


Under-fire Barcelona manager Koeman has claimed he is an innocent man, despite being sent off at the end of his side's goalless draw against Cadiz on Thursday evening.

It was another frustrating night for Barca as they struggled throughout the game, with only six shots against Cadiz who finished 12th in La liga last season and they also suffered more pains when Frankie de jong was sent off for a second bookable offense just after the hour mark.

Manager Ronald Koeman who had been remonstrating with the referee for most of the game was dismissed at the end of the game, he was given his marching orders after protesting a yellow card given to Sergio Busquets. But speaking after the game, he denied any wrongdoing, maintaining he was sent off for simply removing an extra ball from the pitch.

"In this country they send you off for nothing" he said. "Everybody saw that there was an extra ball on the pitch except the referee." Despite the poor result, the Dutchman went on to claim that his side had played well.

"In general, the team played well we had a lot of possession, it was difficult to create chances but we did have the best ones in the game right down to the last minute."

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