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Lionel Messi Suspended for 2 Matches for Hitting Opponent in Spanish Super Cup Final

Barcelona, January 19: The Spanish soccer federation suspended for two matches on Tuesday after he an opponent in an incident away from the ball in the final. The Barcelona forward was facing a suspension of up to 12 matches for swinging his arm at an Athletic Bilbao player at the end of the team’s 3-2 on Sunday.

The federation’s competition committee did not deem the incident to be and applied a less severe penalty against the player. After passing the ball out to the left flank, Messi swung his right arm at the head of Athletic forward Asier Villalibre as they ran toward the box. Villalibre immediately fell to the ground and after a video review, Messi was given his first red card in 753 appearances for Barcelona. Red Card: Barcelona Captain Handed Two-Game Ban For Sending Off Against Bilbao; Club To Appeal Against Suspension.

Referee Manzano said in his match report that Messi his opponent with “excessive force” while the ball was not near him. Messi will miss Barcelona’s match against third-division club Cornellà in the Copa del Rey and against Elche in the Spanish league.

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