Ronald Koeman says it was probably for the best that he decided against confronting the fans who attacked his car following Barcelona’s 2-1 defeat to Real Madrid in El Clasico on Sunday.
Goals from David Alaba and Lucas Vazquez put the game out of Barça’s reach before Sergio Aguero scored a consolation with the last kick of the game, though Koeman proclaimed afterwards that his team proved they are not inferior to Real.
Dozens of supporters were able to freely surround Koeman’s car as he left Camp Nou on Sunday evening, with one nearly even climbing onto the hood of the vehicle.
Fans that lined the streets chanted that they wanted the Dutchman to leave the club, and Barcelona are now reviewing the footage in an attempt to catch the perpetrators behind the mobbing.
Koeman has spoken out over his treatment on Sunday, claiming he had to stop himself from leaving his car and confronting the fans.
“There was a moment I thought about getting out, but then I thought I better not,” he told a press conference on Tuesday. “I understand people aren’t happy but you don’t expect that. There’s a lot of ‘Tik Tok’ & 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.”
Barcelona released a statement following the incident which read: “FC Barcelona publicly condemns the violent and disdainful acts that our manager experienced when leaving the Camp Nou. The Club will take security and disciplinary measures so that such unfortunate events do not happen again.”