Lionel Messi was suspended for 2 matches on Tuesday after hitting an opponent in an event faraway from the ball within the Spanish Super final.
Argentinian Footballer, L. Messi was in danger of facing suspension of up to 12 matches for swinging his arm at an Athletic Bilbao player at the top of the team’s 3-2 loss on Sunday. The Spanish soccer federation’s competition committee didn’t see this incident to be too serious, so givenapplie a less severe penalty.
After passing the ball bent the left flank, Messi swung his right arm at the top of Athletic forward Asier Villalibre as they ran toward the box going for goal. Villalibre immediately fell to the bottom and after a VR Messi was sent out the crease with red card. He got his first red card in 753 appearances with Barcelona’s main squad.
While playing for Argentina’s national team, he was sent off twice, including a couple of seconds into his debut during a friendly against Hungary in 2005. the opposite time was within the 2019 Copa America during a match against Chile. He was also sent off once while playing for Barcelona’s “B” team.
Referee Gil Manzano said in his match report that Messi hit his opponent with “excessive force” while the ball wasn’t near him.
Messi will miss Barcelona’s match against third-division club Cornellà within the Copa del Rey and against Elche within the Spanish league. He was already expected to miss the sport against Cornellà with coach Ronald Koeman trying to stay Messi’s minutes in check to avoid serious injury.
Messi had been doubtful to play within the Spanish Super final due to an unspecified fitness issue that had caused Koeman to go away him out of the semifinal match against Real Sociedad on Wednesday, when Barcelona prevailed during a penalty shootout.
Messi, who asked to go away the club within the offseason but had his request denied, has a mean season compared to previous years, having scored 14 goals in 22 matches. He was faraway from his best on Sunday despite helping found out the team’s first goal.