After his disqualification in the Spanish Super Cup final for a foul on Asier Villalibre in extra-time, Barcelona captain Lionel Messi was given a two-match suspension as Athletic Bilbao ended up winning the Cup.
ℹ️ FC Barcelona to appeal Messi suspension
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) January 19, 2021
Barcelona has confirmed that the action on the two-match ban will be appealed.
Messi 33, on Sunday in the Supercopa final against Bilbao, got his first red card in his senior club career, when referee Gil Manzano gave his standing order to the Argentine.
On Tuesday, the RFEF Royal Spanish Football Federation met and considered the challenge worthy of a two-match ban.
“The report from the referee explains the motivation: “Hitting an opposing player with deadly force with his arm while the ball was in play, but not within a playable distance.
The six-time winner of the Balon d’Or will lose the journey to Cornella in the Copa del Rey on Thursday and the match against Elche in La Liga on Sunday.
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If Barcelona advances in the Copa del Rey, as Camp Nou embraces Athletic in La Liga, he will be prepared for the last 16 tie and ready.
Messi has been dismissed three times in his professional lifetime, twice in international service, with the exception of his Barca B match against Pena Sport in February 2005.