September 26, 2021

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Length of Messi’s red card ban confirmed

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It has been confirmed that Lionel Messi will only miss two matches through suspension.

Messi was shown a red card late in extra-time of Sunday’s Spanish Supercopa for swinging a punch at Athletic Bilbao striker Asier Villalibre, and his ban could have ranged anywhere between two and 12 matches.

Messi will miss this week’s Copa del Rey clash against Segunda B outfit Cornella while he will also miss the league trip to struggling Elche next weekend.

He will return to the fold for the subsequent La Liga match, which would be against Athletic Bilbao.

It was the player’s first red card for the Blaugrana in his 753rd appearance for the club.

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