Lionel Messi has been suspended for two games from the Spanish Football Federation, due to the red card he received in the Spanish Super Cup final on Sunday.

This means that Messi will be absent in Barcelona’s next two matches against Cornella in the Copa del Rey and against Elche in La Liga.

Messi was sent off in Barcelona’s loss to Athletic Club for hitting Asier Villalibre with excessive force in an attempt to clear the way for himself during a move by his side in the final moments of extra time in Seville.

The Argentine was only punished by the VAR for interfering, as the match referee had not seen the incident.

But the Catalan giants captain’s sentencing could have been suspended for at least four games, as if Manzano had mentioned in his report that Messi used excessive force against Villalibre.

This was the first time Messi was sent off in his career as a Barcelona player in no less than 754 games to date.

As a result he will miss the 1/8 final match in the King’s Cup against Cornella this Thursday and against Elche in La Liga on Sunday afternoon.


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