After being sent off for the first time for his club during their Spanish Super Cup defeat, Barcelona captain Lionel Messi has been suspended for two games.
Barcelona said it would appeal against the suspension issued by the Spanish Federation of Football (RFEF).
In the final seconds of extra time, the 33-year-old forward, in his 753rd appearance for Barca, managed to swing at Asier Villalibre of Athletic Bilbao.
The VAR spotted the incident and a red card was shown to Messi.
Messi would have faced a punishment ranging from four to 12 matches if the disciplinary committee of RFEF’S had characterized the incident as ‘aggression.’
Instead it was reported as ‘violence during play’, which is punished with a two to three-game ban.
The two-game suspension means Messi is set to miss Thursday’s Copa del Rey last-32 tie at Cornella and Sunday’s La Liga match away to Elche.
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