FC Barcelona – La Liga They want to reduce his suspension
Barcelona don’t intend to wait for Lionel Messi‘s suspension without acting, and the Catalans are going to defend their captain following his red card in Sunday’s Supercopa de Espana final defeat to Athletic Club.
The No.10 was sent off for the first time as a Barcelona player after lashing out at Asier Villalibre, an incident which saw Jesus Gil Manzano consult the VAR monitor during the final minutes of extra time.
“Messi was sent off for hitting an opponent with his arm, using excessive force while the ball was in play but not within a playable distance,” wrote Gil Manzano in his post-match report.
Despite Villalibre‘s comments afterwards, the official made no mention of aggression, meaning that Messi is likely to face a maximum of a three-match ban. If the competition committee determine the act to have been one of aggression, he could be out for between four and 12 matches.
Barcelona hope for as small a punishment as possible, and they’re preparing a case to present.
Messi‘s ban will be effective immediately, meaning he’ll miss out against Cornella in the Copa del Rey and likely Elche in LaLiga Santander as well.
It is expected that a decision will be reached on Tuesday.