Atleti appealing Filipe ban

Atletico Madrid will appeal the three-match ban given to Filipe Luis for his red card against Barcelona.

The left-back was dismissed for a challenge on Lionel Messi in the first half of the 2-1 defeat, AS reporting Atletico feel the Spanish Football Federation have been inconsistent with the punishment when compared to bans given to other players.

“Similar actions should be judged equally and have the same punishment,” sporting director Jose Luis Caminero is quoted as saying.

“It can’t be that an identical action written in the same way in the minutes of the match is punished with one game and Filipe’s is punished with three.

“Filipe has an excellent record, as opposed to a violent player. He went for a disputed ball and couldn’t help making contact with the opponent.

“Everyone who has played football knows there is no bad intention and it should not be judged in a different way. Three games should be the punishment for other incidents, not this.”

Atletico also have a lingering issue with the authorities over the timing of the Madrid derby, as they’re unhappy it’s set for a Saturday kick-off when they play the Wednesday before and Real Madrid play on the Tuesday.

President Enrique Cerezo is to raise the topic with LFP counterpart Javier Tebas and Federation chief Angel Maria Villar.

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