Lionel Messi AVOIDS twelve-match ban for punching opponent in Super Cup remaining defeat by Athletic Bilbao as Spanish FA deem crimson-card incident was not serious more than enough, with Barcelona star handed just a two-video game suspension
- Lionel Messi was despatched off for to start with time in his Barcelona occupation on Sunday evening
- The Argentine was dismissed right after striking Asier Villalibre in the remaining moment
- He has been handed a two-match ban by the Spanish FA for the incident
- The transgression was not considered serious more than enough to benefit a twelve-match ban
Lionel Messi has averted a twelve-match ban for punching an Athletic Bilbao participant in the remaining moment of Barcelona’s Spanish Super Cup remaining defeat on Sunday.
The Spanish FA have slapped Messi with just a two-match suspension as they did not deem the incident to be serious more than enough to benefit a for a longer time one particular.
Messi will pass up Barcelona’s match towards third-tier minnows Cornella in the Copa del Rey and towards Elche in LaLiga.
Lionel Messi has averted a twelve-match ban for his crimson card in the Spanish Super Cup remaining
Messi was despatched off in the a hundred and twentieth moment of defeat by Athletic Bilbao for hitting Asier Villalibre
The Argentine been given the to start with crimson card of his Barcelona occupation in the final moment of more time for striking Athletic Bilbao forward Asier Villalibre all around the head off the ball.
Referee Gil Manzano explained in his match report that Messi hit his opponent with ‘excessive force’ while the ball was not close to him.
Messi was facing been dominated out of a substantial part of the domestic year, with Ronald Koeman’s aspect third in the desk and previously seven details back of leaders Atletico Madrid – who have two video games in hand.
Messi shed his head as Koeman’s men hurtled toward an additional damaging defeat in their to start with remaining beneath the Dutchman’s leadership.
Barca experienced been foremost right until the remaining moment of typical time before Villalibre compelled an more 50 percent-an-hour.
The winner arrived a few minutes into more time when Iker Muniain’s move reached Inaki Williams and he wrapped his suitable foot all around the ball, curling it previous Marc-Andre ter Stegen.
Messi was facing a lengthy ban if the Spanish FA considered that the incident was ‘aggressive’
The Argentine was given his marching orders with the Catalan outfit on the verge of defeat
Koeman backed his star person on Sunday evening, expressing Messi’s aggravation at being repeatedly fouled through the video game unsurprisingly boiled about.
‘I can understand what Messi did,’ the Dutchman explained right after the match.
‘I never know how several occasions they fouled him, and it’s typical to respond when they maintain attempting to foul you as a participant who is seeking to dribble with the ball, but I need to have to see it yet again effectively.’
Concerns had been asked about regardless of whether Messi should really even have began in the cup remaining, as he experienced skipped the semi-remaining victory about True Sociedad earlier in the 7 days by injuries.
Koeman, having said that, let Messi make the remaining selection on his physical fitness, and stood by his connect with.
‘I imagine right after so several decades at the leading deg
ree, he appreciates when he can engage in and when he won’t be able to,’ Koeman explained. ‘I spoke with him and he explained he was fit more than enough to start the video game.’
Messi shed his head in more time as the video game slipped away from Ronald Koeman’s crew