Koeman defends Messi after red card



Ronald Koeman commented on Lionel Messi’s dismissal and Barcelona’s defeat to Athletic Bilbao in Sunday’s final.

After the superstar captain was sent to Athletic Bilbao in Barcelona’s Supercopa de Espana final loss, Ronald Koeman empathized with the frustration of Lionel Messi.

Messi saw red for the first time in his iconic club career during extra time in Seville on Sunday as troubled LaLiga giants Barca were upstaged 3-2 by Athletic.

“I can understand what Messi did,” Koeman told the official website afterward.

“I don’t know how many times they fouled him, and it’s normal to react when they keep trying to foul you as a player who is looking to dribble with the ball, but I need to see it again properly.”

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