After dropping the Spanish Tremendous Cup last, Barcelona can be in peril of dropping Lionel Messi for an prolonged interval after he hit an opponent towards the top of the match.
Messi could possibly be suspended for as much as 12 video games for the pink card he obtained within the last minutes of his staff’s 3-2 loss to Athletic Bilbao in Seville on Sunday.
After passing the ball out to the left flank, Messi swung his proper arm towards the top of Athletic ahead Asier Villalibre as they ran ahead towards the field. Villalibre instantly fell to the bottom and Messi was given his first pink card in 753 appearances for Barcelona.
Referee Gil Manzano stated in his match report that Messi hit his opponent with “extreme power” whereas the ball was not close to him.
The Spanish soccer federation’s competitions committee will determine on the costs in opposition to Messi, and the participant’s eventual suspension may vary from one to a few matches or from 4 to 12 matches, relying on how extreme the federation considers the incident.
Barcelona was already getting ready its protection whatever the expenses that will be introduced by the federation in opposition to its participant.
If discovered responsible, Messi can be suspended for matches within the Spanish league or the Copa del Rey. Barcelona is within the spherical of 32 of the Copa del Rey and trails Actual Madrid and Atltico Madrid within the league.
Messi was visibly pissed off because the match went on and Barcelona struggled to get well from its deficit in opposition to Athletic.
The Catalan membership twice relinquished leads, together with conceding a 90th-minute equalizer scored by Villalibre. Antoine Griezmann scored each Barcelona objectives, with Messi helping within the first one.
The defeat value Barcelona an opportunity to finish a title drought that has lingered from final season, the membership’s first with out a title since 2007-08.
Whereas it was Messi’s first pink card for his membership, he has been despatched off twice whereas enjoying for Argentina’s nationwide staff, together with just a few seconds into his debut in a pleasant in opposition to Hungary in 2005. The opposite time was within the 2019 Copa America in a match in opposition to Chile. He was additionally despatched off as soon as whereas enjoying for Barcelona’s “B” staff.
Messi, who requested to depart the membership within the offseason however had his request denied, is having a median season in comparison with earlier years, having scored 14 objectives in 22 matches with Barcelona. He was removed from his finest on Sunday regardless of serving to arrange the staff’s first purpose.
Messi had been uncertain to play within the last due to an unspecified health situation that had brought on coach Ronald Koeman to depart him out of the semifinal in opposition to Actual Sociedad on Wednesday, when Barcelona prevailed in a penalty shootout.
Barcelona’s subsequent match is on Thursday at Cornell within the spherical of 32 of the Copa del Rey.
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