September 26, 2021

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Barcelona to appeal Messi’s two-match suspension

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Barcelona has decided to appeal against Lionel Messi’s red card which he picked up against Athletic Club on Sunday.

Messi was dismissed in the final moments of his side’s extra-time Spanish Super Cup final defeat against Athletic Bilbao on Sunday.

The 33-year-old was pulled up by VAR for lashing out at Asier Villalibre in an off-the-ball incident.

Messi was handed a two-match suspension for the sending off – his first in 753 appearances for Barcelona – ruling him out of Thursday’s Copa del Rey match at Cornella and the La Liga trip to Elche on Sunday.

But Barcelona confirmed on Tuesday they have moved to overturn the ban by appealing against the decision.

A statement read: “FC Barcelona is to appeal the suspension issued to Leo Messi. The competition committee announced on Tuesday that the Argentinian’s red card in the final minutes of the Spanish Super Cup final against Athletic Club shall incur a two-match ban.

“It was the first time that Messi had ever been sent off while playing for FC Barcelona.

“The referee’s report describes the motivation thus: Striking an opponent with his arm with excessive force while the ball was in play but not within a playable distance.”

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