Masche gets two-game ban

Barcelona defender Javier Mascherano has been given a two-game ban for the red card received against Eibar, meaning he will be free to play Real Madrid.

Mascherano was dismissed for using an offensive phrase which the officials felt was directed at them, whereas he argued it was a common expression in Argentina and wasn’t aimed at anyone in particular.

The Competition Committee has on Wednesday banned Mascherano for two games, meaning he misses Barca’s trip to Getafe and Villarreal’s visit to Camp Nou.

Barca go to Santiago Bernabeu in the game that follows the tie with the Yellow Submarine and Mascherano’s suspension will by then have been served.

The Catalans appealed Mascherano’s red card on the basis that he didn’t direct the comments at an official, and also questioned the version of events in the report of referee Carlos del Cerro Grande.

Cadena Ser has however confirmed a two-game ban for Mascherano, beginning this weekend.

It’s noted that that the Competition Committee accepted that Mascherano was not insulting the official, and, as such, the minimum ban has been imposed.

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