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only two penalty games for the Barcelona player

He Competition Committee has sanctioned with two games Leo Messi after his expulsion at the end of the Spain Supercup, where he Barcelona fell defeated in front of Athletic Bilbao at the La Cartuja stadium in Seville.

Carmen Perez, president of the Competition Committee and sole judge of the RFEF, has finally decided that Messi be punished with two matches that will begin to meet from this Thursday in the match of Copa del Rey against Cornellá. On Sunday, against Elche in the League, his punishment will end.

Messi faced a sanction that could range between 2 and 12 games depending on how the Argentine’s action was considered with Villalibre.

Finally, the Committee considers that Messi He acted violently, but did not attack the Athletic player in the action that earned him expulsion: hence the two-game sanction. The writing of the Gil Manzano minutes helped this possibility.

«Messi he was sent off for hitting an opponent with his arm using excessive force with the ball in play, ”the referee wrote after the match. Precisely the fact of specifying that it occurred “with the ball in play”, has been key to the fact that the sanction was not as important as could be expected at first.

First expulsion with Barcelona

What happened in Seville is the first time that Messi is sent off with him Barcelona, after 753 games, although he had already seen the red one on one occasion when he played with the Barça team in 2005 in a Second Division B match.

In his career in the elite, Messi had only been sent off twice with the Argentine team in his debut with the Albiceleste and in the semifinal of the last Copa América against Chile after an argument with Gary Medel in 2019.