Barcelona to appeal Tito Vilanova dismissal

Tito Vilanova
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Barcelona will appeal a decision to send manager Tito Vilanova to the stands in yesterday's La Liga victory at Osasuna.

Barcelona will appeal against a referee's decision to dismiss manager Tito Vilanova from the touchline in yesterday's victory at Osasuna.

Barca's new boss, who was making his away league debut, is said to have reacted over-the-top and, according to the referee's match report, was punished for "angrily protesting a passage of play, having been warned by the fourth official".

Vilanova reacted to the decision by telling a post-match news conference: "The expulsion was excessive because I didn't say anything that was out of line.

"I told the linesman that it was a clear foul and he told me not to protest.

"It seems that this is enough to get you booted from a game. All the managers in La Liga are warned, they know what will happen if they say there's a foul."

Vilanova's side are currently top of La Liga courtesy of their two-from-two record so far.

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