Messi was shown a red card late in extra-time of Sunday’s Spanish Supercopa for swinging a punch at Athletic Bilbao striker Asier Villalibre, and his ban could have ranged anywhere between two and 12 matches – although fewer than four was always the most likely outcome.
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Messi will sit out this week’s Copa del Rey clash against Segunda B outfit Cornella while he will also miss the league trip to struggling Elche next weekend.
He will return to the fold for the subsequent La Liga match, ironically against Athletic Bilbao.
It was the player’s first red card for the Blaugrana in his 753rd appearance for the club.