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Wed Apr 23 16:33:49 SAST 2014

Barcelona to appeal against Vilanova dismissal

Reuters | 28 August, 2012 07:240 Comments
CA Osasuna v FC Barcelona - La Liga
Head coach Tito Vilanova of FC Barcelona (3rd, L) is sent off by the referee Muniz Fernandez during the La Liga match between CA Osasuna and FC Barcelona at Estadio Reyno de Navarra on August 26, 2012 in Pamplona, Spain. FC Barcelona won 1-2
Image by: David Ramos / Getty Images

Barcelona will appeal against what they believe was an excessively harsh dismissal of coach Tito Vilanova in Sunday’s 2-1 La Liga win at Osasuna, the club said on Monday.

Vilanova, who was making his away debut in the league after taking over from Pep Guardiola at the end of last season, was sent from the bench in the second half when he protested the referee’s decision not to award a free kick for a challenge on Sergio Busquets.

  The referee said in his match report he had punished Vilanova “for angrily protesting a passage of play, having been warned by the fourth official”.

  “The expulsion was excessive because I didn’t say anything that was out of line,” Vilanova told a post-match news conference on Sunday.

  “I told the linesman that it was a clear foul and he told me not to protest,” he added.

  “It seems that this is enough to get you booted from a game. All the managers in La Liga are warned, they know what will happen if they say there’s a foul.”

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