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Koeman Reacts To Messi's First Barca Red Card

Lionel Messi was shown his first-ever red card for FC Barcelona in their shock 3-2 loss to Athletic Bilbao in the Spanish Super Cup final on Sunday night – here are Ronald Koeman's thoughts on the incident.

Click through the gallery above to see some images of Messi's red card incident.

The Catalan giants went into injury time with a 2-1 lead courtesy of two goals from Antoine Griezmann, but were forced into extra time after conceding in the 90th minute.

Inaki Williams then put Bilbao ahead just four minutes into extra time, with the Blaugrana unable to pull a goal back, which led to signs of frustration from some players, including Messi, who received his first-ever red card in his club career for a dangerous tackle in the last minute of the match.

The Argentine was initially shown a yellow card, but after a Video Assistant Referee (VAR) review, the 33-year-old was handed a straight red.

Speaking about the incident, which could earn Messi a four-match suspension across LaLiga and Copa del Rey fixtures, after the game, his manager Koeman admitted he understood his captain's reaction.

"I can understand what Messi did," he said, according to The National News.  

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"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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