- Sevilla’s Jules Kounde stormed off in spectacular fashion in a La Liga match on Tuesday
- After a clash with Barcelona’s Jordi Alba, Kounde kicked a ball directly at his opponent’s head
Jules Kounde of Spanish football team Sevilla lost his temper in spectacular fashion on Tuesday night, getting kicked out of a game for throwing a ball directly at an opposing player’s head.
The French defender was shown a red card after kicking the ball directly at Barcelona’s Jordi Alba in his side’s 1-1 draw with the Catalan side.
Sevilla took the lead on the night in the 32nd minute with a Papu Gomez goal, before Barcelona defender Ronald Araujo equalized for the visitor just after half-time.
Tempers flared just after the hour mark when Alba burst into Koundé as he was about to take a throw-in, prompting the Frenchman to kick the ball in the face of the Spaniard. Kounde’s throw was actually linked to Alba’s shoulder, but the defender fell theatrically, clutching his face and writhing in apparent agony on the floor.
The outburst of anger saw the 23-year-old receive a red card for the first time in his career.
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Manager Julen Lopetegui spoke after the game about the incident, telling reporters: “Kounde knows he was wrong, he makes small mistakes but today he has some.
“It’s a question of age, it will surely not happen again.”
The Spanish boss added when asked if he had spoken to the player: “A bad day at the office happens to anyone. He’s a very smart guy, very young and as a young man he wrongly, he fell into the rival trap but he will surely learn from it.”
English Premier League side Chelsea made several offers to buy Kounde from Sevilla over the summer but had their offers rebuffed by the La Liga side, according to Sports Illustrated.
Sevilla said the France international could leave if Chelsea paid his $90million release clause, but the London club deemed the fee too high.
In an interview with TF1, per Sports Illustrated, in November, Kounde hinted that he was disappointed the proposed move never materialized.
“Has it affected me? Yes, a bit, but now I’ve dealt with it,” he said.
Kounde is still keen on a move to Chelsea and ESPN claim the Blues’ hopes of finally landing him have now gained momentum, with Sevilla willing to lower their asking price to $56million for the star next summer.