Víctor Valdés has received a two-match ban after cursing during a match as manager of Barcelona’s U19 team. The former goalkeeper was accused of saying “vete a la mierda” towards an assistant referee, an expression not unlike “go f—- yourself.” But Valdés claims he was saying it towards his own bench, not to any referee.
The team he managed, known as Barcelona Juvenil A, won their first match of the league season 1-0 against Girona. But the coach himself was sent off towards the end of the match after a foul was called in favor of Girona.
Valdés will miss matches against Atlético Villacarlos and Lleida Esportiu.
The legendary keeper made a name for himself as a coach last season after a successful spell with the youth team of ED Moratalaz, a small, Madrid-based club.
He has also gained a reputation as a maverick due to public declarations that raised media attention. For example, he refused to comment on the possible return of his former teammate Neymar to FC Barcelona, arguing that he would be fired if he spoke his true feelings.
Valdés won every available trophy with FC Barcelona at least twice, including the UEFA Champions League three times. He was part of the squad, albeit not a starter, for the Spanish national team that won the 2010 FIFA World Cup and the 2012 UEFA European Championship.