Superstar Messi gets a red card for the first time while playing for Barcelona, may get 4 match ban. Superstar striker Leon Messi faced a red card for the first time in his career spent with his Spanish club Barcelona.
Messi received this red card in the match of a 2-3 defeat to Barcelona in the Spanish Super Cup final to Athletic Bilbao. Messi was unable to score a goal in the match held at Sewia on Sunday and he was disappointed.
He was shown a red card due to his furious behavior against athletic forward Asier Villalibre at Injury time (120 + 1 minute). The field referee showed a red card to Messi of Argentina with the help of VAR (Video Assistant Review).
This is Messi’s first red card playing 753 matches for Barcelona. Messi could be banned for four matches due to this red card. The Competition Committee of the Royal Spanish Football Federation will meet this week regarding Messi’s ban.
The 33-year-old Messi is set to be banned for two matches, but this ban could also be double-handed and it depends on the committee how she sees it. Matches will be banned in La Liga and Copa del Rey.
So he will not play against the third division team Cornella in the Copa del Rey on Thursday and the Elche team in La Liga on Sunday.
If the ban is for four matches, he will not be able to compete in the next round in Copa and the match against Athletic in La Liga on 31 January. Earlier Messi was skeptical about playing in this final match, which was worried about his fitness.
Team manager Ronald Cowman did not include Messi in the semi-final against Real Sociedad where the team won the penalty shootout. Coman said that I can understand what Messi has done. It is normal to be disappointed as a player.
Antoine Griezmann scored in the 40th minute to put Barcelona ahead by one goal. But, two minutes after that, Oskar de Marcos did not take long to equalize the score.
The first half was 1–1. A goal from Raoul Garcia’s header from Athletic was canceled out in the 57th minute with the help of Var (Video Assistant Review).
Garcia scored two goals in the semi-final against Real Madrid. Griezmann then scored another goal in the 70th minute to give Barcelona the lead again. In the 90th minute, Esier Villalibre scored the goal.
By the time of the match, the score was 2–2 and extra time was taken to conclude the match. In the 93rd minute, Inaki Williams scored an important goal for Athletic to cut the lead to 3-2. However, after this Barcelona team could not score any goal and Athletic won the title