Barcelona condemn ‘violent and disdainful acts’ towards Koeman

Barcelona have condemned the “violent and disdainful acts” faced by their manager, Ronald Koeman, when he left Camp Nou after a 2-1 defeat by their arch-rivals Real Madrid.

Videos on social media showed people surrounding Koeman’s car and blocking it from moving as the Dutchman tried to exit the stadium after Barcelona suffered their fourth straight defeat in clásicos.

Some supporters appeared to bang on or kick the car and Koeman was subjected to verbal abuse. There appeared to be spit on one of the windows as Koeman drove away.

“FC Barcelona publicly condemns the violent and disdainful acts that our manager experienced when leaving the Camp Nou,” the club said on Twitter. “The club will take security and disciplinary measures so that such unfortunate events do not happen again.”

Barcelona are ninth in La Liga, with 15 points from nine matches, six points behind the leaders, Real Sociedad, who have played an additional game. Koeman has come under scrutiny in the wake of the team’s results and for some weeks it has appeared to be a question when and not if he will be sacked.


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