Owing to the red card that Lionel Messi got in Sunday’s Barcelona’s Super Cup loss to Athletic Bilbao, club and international legend, Lionel Messi will be slammed with a ban that will extend into the La Liga matches.
The club is now preparing grounds of appeal to reduce the length of the ban. According to Spanish outlet, Tribuna quoting another sporting publication, Mundo Deportivo, one of the claims Barcelona will make is that Messi is not a violent player as it was the first red card of the player in his career at Barca. It is also claimed that Barcelona will argue that the captain’s foul was a reaction to Asier Villalibre’s action, who bumped into Messi first.
Secondly, Messi didn’t hit the Basque player directly in the face, he was just trying to get Villalibre out of his way.
And finally, the 33-year-old isn’t a dirty player and he doesn’t use violence on the pitch; it was his first red card in 753 matches for Barcelona. It’s expected that Messi could receive a ban between two to four matches which would apply in La Liga and Copa del Rey.
The Competition Committee is expected to deliver their verdict in regards to Blaugrana forward on Tuesday, January 19.