Koeman dismisses Barca fan incident

Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman has dismissed an incident in which fans mobbed his car after a loss.
Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman has dismissed an incident in which fans mobbed his car after a loss.

Under fire Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman has dismissed an incident in which fans surrounded his car as he left the Camp Nou following a weekend loss to Real Madrid.

But Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has fired up, saying the Barca supporters showed a lack of respect.

Koeman said on Tuesday he was concentrating on enjoying his time as Barcelona coach, conceding that it could end in a matter of weeks as he faces mounting pressure after his side's loss to Real which left them ninth in LaLiga.

Barca will travel to in-form Rayo Vallecano on Wednesday in a match that could determine Koeman's future as manager.

Some Barca fans appear to already have had enough after mobbing Koeman's vehicle following Sunday's El Clasico.

Barca released a statement to condemn the actions but Koeman suggested the incident reflected wider problems in society.

"It is a social problem. Uneducated people that don't understand rules and values," he said of the incident.

"Inside the stadium the environment was completely different and that is what I keep in mind, that festive vibe, not with those kinds of people."

Ancelotti threw his support behind Koeman on Tuesday.

"It is a lack of respect for the person, not for the coach," he said of the incident ahead of Madrid's LaLiga meeting with Osasuna on Wednesday.

"Koeman is not a coach, he is a person who works as a coach. It is not a problem of football, but of society, of rudeness."

Dutch former Barcelona player Koeman was appointed in August 2020 but has had to contend with the club selling talisman Lionel Messi earlier this year and an underwhelming start to the season which has yielded 15 points from nine league games.

"I'm a grown up and I know how those things work," Koeman said.

"I want to enjoy the time that I have left, either if it is eight years, six months, one year, or some weeks.

"I think it's important that we win this game in Madrid, we can't afford back-to-back losses."

Australian Associated Press