Messi Banned 2 Games for Super Cup Final Red Card

Lionel Messi was suspended for two matches on Tuesday after hitting an opponent in an incident away from the ball in the Spanish Super Cup final.

The Barcelona forward was confronting a suspension of up to 12 counterparts for swinging his arm at an Athletic Bilbao player toward the finish of the group's 3-2 misfortune on Sunday. The Spanish soccer alliance's opposition board didn't consider the occurrence to be too genuine and applied a less serious punishment.  

In the wake of passing the ball out to one side flank, Messi swung his correct arm at the head of Athletic forward Asier Villalibre as they ran toward the container. Villalibre quickly tumbled to the ground and after a video audit Messi was given his first red card in quite a while with Barcelona's fundamental crew.  

Messi had been shipped off twice while playing for Argentina's public group, remembering a couple of moments into his introduction for a benevolent against Hungary in 2005. The other time was in the 2019 Copa America in a match against Chile. He was additionally shipped off once while playing for Barcelona's "B" group.  

Ref Gil Manzano said in his match report that Messi hit his adversary with "extreme power" while the ball was not close to him.


Messi will miss Barcelona's match against third-division club Cornellà in the Copa del Rey and against Elche in the Spanish class. He was at that point expected to miss the game against Cornellà with mentor Ronald Koeman attempting to monitor Messi's minutes to dodge genuine injury.  

Messi had been dicey to play in the Spanish Super Cup last due to an undefined wellness issue that had made Koeman avoid him with regards to the elimination round match against Real Sociedad on Wednesday, when Barcelona won in a punishment shootout.  

Messi, who requested to leave the club in the offseason however had his solicitation denied, is having a normal season contrasted with earlier years, having scored 14 objectives in 22 matches. He was a long way from his best on Sunday regardless of assisting set with increasing the group's first objective.