FC Barcelona intend to enchantment towards Lionel Messi’s two-game ban.© AFP
Lionel Messi was banned for 2 matches on Tuesday following his first ever sending off for Barcelona. The Argentine ahead was proven a crimson card on the finish of Sunday’s 3-2 extra-time defeat to Athletic Bilbao within the Spanish Tremendous Cup closing after lashing out at Asier Villalibre. Messi had twice been despatched off taking part in for Argentina, together with on the 2019 Copa America, however by no means in 16 years and 753 matches with Barcelona’s first crew. The six time Ballon d’Or winner’s ban was introduced by the Spanish Soccer Federation with Barca later revealing their intention to enchantment the sanction on their star participant.
Messi shook off a thigh downside to start out in Seville and was required to play all 120 minutes as Barca tried to take the sport to penalties.
As an alternative, the 33-year-old misplaced his mood on the finish of a combative contest, reacting to a late problem from Villalibre by swiping his palms throughout the again of his opponent.
Messi was red-carded 15 years in the past for Barca nevertheless it was with the reserves in a 3rd division match, based on Spanish statistician Alexis Martin-Tamayo.
Messi would miss video games towards third-tier Cornella away within the Copa del Rey on Thursday and Elche on Sunday in La Liga.
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