The Spanish soccer federation (RFEF) stated on Tuesday Messi had been banned for 2 matches, that means he’ll miss Thursday’s Copa del Rey last-32 tie at Cornella and Sunday’s La Liga match at Elche. He’s set to return to face Bilbao within the league on Jan. 29.
Barca stated they may attraction the ban.
The Argentine was despatched off on the finish of additional time within the Tremendous Cup last, which Barca misplaced 3-2, for placing Villalibre within the face.
He would have confronted a sanction starting from 4 to 12 matches had the RFEF’S competitors committee described the incident as aggression however it was as a substitute reported as “violence throughout play”, which is punished with a two to a few sport ban.
It was the primary time in 754 matches that Messi had been despatched off for Barcelona. He has obtained two purple playing cards whereas taking part in for Argentina, together with on his debut again in 2005.