Barcelona: Lionel Messi could be banned for up to 12 matches for violent conduct

It was a moment that made a bad night even worse for Barcelona as Lionel Messi was shown a red card late in extra-time for swinging a punch at Athletic Club Bilbao striker Asier Villalibre.

The incident was spotted by VAR and the Argentine was shown the red card as Ronald Koeman’s side slipped to a defeat in the Spanish Supercopa final.

Barcelona news is now focusing on the club’s reaction to the incident and potential suspension of their star player, which yet remains unclear.

As highlighted by Marca, Messi could face up to 12 matches on the sidelines depending on how the disciplinary panel of the Spanish FA view the incident.

If the move is considered to have been “aggressive”, the ban for Messi could be anything between four and 12 matches, while if it did not meet that description then it would be anything between one and three games.

It was the player’s first red card for the Blaugrana in his 753rd appearance for the club.

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  1. Then, you aren’t a realist. Leonel Messi was wronged on his part by fighting his opponent . We don’t expect game results to always be in our favor. We must learn to cope with defeat coz it’s part of the game. Such a violence act needs to be condemned by football realists and not bias fan of an individual. I love Leo but, he behaved very unprofessional against Athletic Bilbao FC most especially Vallilibre .
    He( Leo) needs to apologize as well.

  2. Seriously, 12 match ban??

    In 2001 Roy Keane was handed a five-match ban and a record £150,000 fine by the Football Association after being found guilty of deliberately setting out to hurt Manchester City’s Alf Inge Haaland in a game. He ended this guy’s career and your writing about a 12 match ban for Messi who was trolled and kicked all game??

    Please don’t publish unfounded rubbish

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