Lionel Messi handed two-match ban for red card during Super Cup final against Athletic Bilbao

Barcelona captain, Lionel Messi has been handed a two-match ban after collecting the first red card of his career.

It  was the first time in 754 matches that Argentine superstar had been sent off for Barcelona.Though he has received two red cards while playing for Argentina, including on his debut back in 2005

The six time Ballon d’Or winner was suspended following his Supercopa final dismissal against Athletic Club in the final minute of extra-time after swinging his arm at striker Asier Villalibre as they were beaten 3-2 by Athletic Bilbao.

The Royal Spanish Football Federation’s competition committee met on Tuesday and deemed the challenge to be worthy of a two-game suspension.

The match officials and RFEF have, however, decided that there was no aggression on the part of Messi, meaning that standard sentences will be implemented following the initial option that he could face up to a 12-game ban as a result of his reckless actions.

The 33-year-old will miss Thursday’s trip to third division Cornella in the Copa del Rey and Sunday’s La Liga game away at Elche.

 

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