Rivaldo blasted Ousmane Dembele’s red card against Sevilla as a “silly sending off”, and urged Barcelona to punish the trouble-maker.
Dembele again hit the headlines last weekend for all the wrong reasons after allegedly telling referee, Mateu Lahoz, that he was “very bad”. And, much to Rivaldo’s fury, it earned him a second yellow card to reduce Barcelona to 10-men against Sevilla.
While the Catalan giants did cruise to a 4-0 win, Dembele is suspended for their next two games. The most notable one is the Clasico showdown with Real Madrid on October 26.
It couldn’t have come at a more unwelcome time for Barcelona given Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez’s recent injury woes. Meanwhile, Antoine Griezmann has struggled to impress since his €120m arrival from Atletico Madrid.
And, with just two points separating Barcelona from La Liga leaders Real, the Clasico outcome could have a telling effect on the title race.
“Ousmane Dembele is in trouble again after saying rude words to the referee and getting sent off in Barcelona’s 4-0 win over Sevilla,” Rivaldo told Betfair.
“He received a two-game suspension which means he’ll miss ‘El Clasico’ against Real Madrid on 26 October.
“Barcelona need to have words of their own with the player about this silly sending off.
“It’s not acceptable and it could harm the team, with his absence creating difficulties for his team-mates.
“It’s important for the club to have an internal procedure to sanction players in these kinds of foolish situations, in which you have inappropriate talking to a referee or manager.
“It makes sense to punish him in some way to avoid new situations in the future.
“I’m not referring to Dembele only, but to any player that might commit a similar action.
“A player needs to be smart, be aware that there are more matches to play after that, and don’t let his teammates, manager and club in a tough situation.”
Dembele has scored one goal in four appearances for Barcelona this season.