Lionel Messi slammed with a two-match ban
Lionel Messi on Tuesday was handed a two-match ban following his first red card as a Barcelona player.
The red card was shown to Messi for violent conduct on Asier Villalibre, an incident that was spotted by the
VAR, in the Supercopa final.
The club wrote in a statement: “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’.”
The Argentine was given his marching orders after lashing out in the dying seconds of a dramatic Super Cup final
against Athletic Bilbao.
With Barcelona desperately searching for an equalizer, Messi’s frustrations boiled over when Asier Villalibre
attempted to block his run.
The referee watched the incident on the VAR monitor and showed no hesitation in brandishing a red card to cap
a miserable night for Barca.