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Carlo Ancelotti slams treatment meted to Ronald Koeman



Ancelotti and Koeman squared off on Sunday / JOSEP LAGO/GettyImages

Carlo Ancelotti has criticised the people who mobbed Ronald Koeman’s car after the Clasico on Sunday, claiming the scenes showed ‘a problem within society’.

The two former Everton managers faced off on Sunday as Ancelotti’s Real Madrid won at Camp Nou, condemning Koeman’s Barcelona to their latest defeat.

After the fixture, former Netherlands boss Koeman attempted to leave Barça’s ground but was confronted by people who swarmed the car, with a serious lack of security measures in place.

The former defender has admitted he considered confronting those who mobbed his car, revealing: “There was a moment I thought about getting out, but then I thought I better not. I understand people aren’t happy but you don’t expect that. There’s a lot of ‘Tik Tok’ and they want you to get involved with them.

“At the end of the day, it’s a societal problem, an education problem, people without values. It wasn’t just me, it was other players and their families [receiving abuse] too. It also happened to Carles Puyol.”

Ancelotti has now backed his rival, stating better behaviour is needed from so called supporters.


“I was annoyed and that was down to Koeman. Those things just can’t happen and we simply can’t put up with rudeness,” Ancelotti said ahead of Real’s clash with Osasuna on Wednesday.

“It’s a problem within society and not just within football because it was a lack of respect shown towards the individual and not the coach.

“When somebody shows a lack of respect it means that there is a problem within society.”

Real ran out 2-1 winners on the day, with goals from David Alaba and Lucas Vazquez trumping Sergio Aguero’s first strike for Barça. Real remain among the favourites for the La Liga title, but Barça are down in ninth and aren’t expected to challenge.



Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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