Espanyol considered forfeiting Barcelona derby in protest at Robert Lewandowski call

While the pervasive sensation at Espanyol is generally that Barcelona are favoured by the ruling bodies, the indignation ahead of the Barcelona derby is breaking new ground.

Barcelona striker Robert Lewandowski has a three-game suspension hanging over him after his red card Osasuna and subsequent extra two-game ban. That extra ban is due to a gesture Lewandowski made, which Barcelona have appealed to various courts.

As their latest appeal is investigated, the Blaugrana managed to obtain a delay on the suspension as the appeal is ongoing, just over 24 hours before the Barcelona derby.

Given Lewandowski is likely to serve a minimum one-game ban anyway for the red, it is no surprise that Los Pericos are furious not only at the decision, but also the timing.

Espanyol released two statements expressing as much, stating that beyond the football department, they will not be attending the match in protest, in hope of calling to attention the farcical decision.

As per Cadena Cope (via Sport), Espanyol considered not playing the match, in what would have been a remarkable show of defiance.

Following Pacheta’s rant about Real Madrid’s penalty against Valladolid last, the feeling that Barcelona and Real Madrid are treated differently has been reinvigorated on the first Jornada back after the World Cup.

Tags Barcelona espanyol Robert Lewandowski

3 Comments

  1. “Following Pacheta’s rant about Real Madrid’s penalty against Valladolid last, the feeling that Barcelona and Real Madrid are treated differently has been reinvigorated on the first Jornada back after the World Cup.”

    No, dont even try.

    RMs Marcelo served 3 match ban in January for saying ref is bad. The Polish wan.ker implied that ref uses drugs – gets off the hook. Same situation, different outcomes.

    Madrids Asensio got a dubious penalty for handball in same situation, just before WC. Madrid should also have got a handball penalty in first half for a CLEAR penalty, going by Asensio precedent.

    When you look at it closer, only barcELona benefits. A sweeping statement like Madrid benefits also is lazy journalism.

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