Koeman was shown a red card during Barcelona’s 2-1 home loss to Granada on Thursday for his use of what the referee considered disrespectful language. That defeat cost his team the chance to sit atop of LaLiga with five games to go.
The Spanish Football Federation increased the mandatory one-game ban to two games after reviewing the case, prompting an appeal from Barcelona.
Ronald Koeman watches on as his Barcelona side lost 2-1 at home to Granada on Thursday
The Barca head coach was shown a red card after clashing with the assistant referee
‘According to the referee report, I disrespected the assistant referee and for me that is not correct,’ Koeman said on Saturday.
‘To disrespect is to insult, and I was only commenting on several plays in a respectful manner.
‘The sending off bothers me because it is not fair,’ the Dutchman continued. ‘We will have to see what happens (regarding the appeal).’
Referee Pablo Gonzalez recorded in his match report that Koeman was shown a red card for saying to the referee assistant ‘what a character’ after being warned several times to watch his language.
Koeman’s suspension could rule him out of next weekend’s crunch clash with Atletico Madrid
The federation’s competition committee then added a second game to the suspension on Friday night.
That would keep Koeman out of the dugout for Barcelona’s match at Valencia on Sunday and their next game against Atletico at the Nou Camp that will have a huge impact on the title race.
Atletico, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Sevilla are all in contention to win the most disputed league title in years.