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Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman hit out yesterday at football’s authoritie­s as the fallout continued from now-abandoned plans to create a European Super League.

Koeman, whose side are preparing to host Getafe in La Liga today, criticised both European football’s governing body Uefa and Spain’s La Liga, saying that reforms, including fewer games, are needed.

“I agree with [Manchester City coach Pep] Guardiola when it comes to the number of games players have to play in over a season. It’s too many, incredible,” Koeman told a news conference.

“Everyone’s talking about the Super League and the Champions League, but Uefa aren’t paying any attention to the players about the number of games.

“The only thing they care about is money. In La Liga, it’s the same. Look at the scheduling. Tomorrow we play at 10pm — we need to protect the players.” The Dutchman also said that club president Joan Laporta had spoken to him about the Super League, but would not be drawn on Barca’s participat­ion.

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