Sevilla to appeal Medel ban

Gary Medel and Michel have been handed two-game bans for respective dismissals at the weekend, but Sevilla will appeal Medel’s.

The Chilean has been handed an initial two-game suspension for his clash with Cesc Fabregas during Sevilla’s 3-2 home defeat to Barcelona.

The Competition Committee disagreed with the referee’s notes from the match that Medel ‘headbutted in the face an opponent’ and said that pictures show Fabregas exaggerating the impact, whilst also admitting that ‘there is no aggression in the strictest sense, but a struggle’.

However, they corrected the categorisation of the incident instead to ‘a violent act of behaviour’ by Medel and so have still opted to hand the midfielder a two-game punishment.

However, this disagreement with match official Mateu Lahoz’s notes sees Sevilla taking issue with the decision and they have confirmed that they will take it to the Appeals Committee on the grounds that the Competition Committee have already recognised that it wasn’t ‘aggressive’.

Meanwhile, Coach Michel faces two games in the stands for taking his protests with the match officials too far, whilst Ivan Rakitic is also banned for a game for an accumulation of five yellow cards.

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