18 Jan Messi might face 4-match ban for first profession purple card with Barcelona
Lionel Messi might be banned for as much as 4 video games after receiving the primary purple card of his Barcelona profession in Sunday’s Spanish Supercopa closing 3-2 defeat to Athletic Bilbao.
Two objectives from Antoine Griezmann seemed to have Barca on course for the primary trophy of the Ronald Koeman period, however Asier Villalibre’s 90th-minute purpose took the sport to additional time.
Inaki Williams gave Athletic, who beat Actual Madrid within the semifinal, the lead within the 94th minute, and with time working out and Barca down 3-2, Messi was despatched off for lashing out at Villalibre in frustration.
The Royal Spanish Football Federation’s competitors committee will meet this week to determine the size of the Barca captain’s suspension.
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Messi, 33, is for certain to overlook two matches however that might be doubled, relying on how the competitors committee categorise the dismissal. The ban can be served throughout La Liga and the Copa del Rey.
Subsequently, he’ll miss Thursday’s Copa journey to third-division facet Cornella and subsequent weekend’s sport towards Elche in La Liga. If the ban is longer, he might additionally miss the following spherical of the Copa if Barca progress and the match towards Athletic at Camp Nou on Jan. 31.
Sunday’s purple card was the primary Messi has obtained whereas taking part in for Barca’s first team, a size of 753 matches. It was the fourth of his profession, although, following one dismissal for Barca B in 2005 and two with Argentina, together with one on his worldwide debut that very same 12 months.
Koeman stated after Sunday’s loss that he empathised with Messi’s frustration.
“I can perceive what Messi did,” Koeman stated. “I do not know what number of occasions they fouled him, and it is regular to react after they preserve making an attempt to foul you as a participant who’s trying to dribble with the ball, however I have to see it once more correctly.”
Barca went into Sunday’s closing on the again of a nine-game unbeaten run in all competitions and boosted by Messi passing a late health take a look at after lacking the semifinal win over Actual Sociedad.
Two Griezmann objectives seemed set to increase that run to 10 matches, however the Frenchman’s strikes have been cancelled out by first Oscar De Marcos after which Villalibre earlier than Williams struck an excellent winner.
“I’m pissed off, offended, irritated,” Griezmann advised reporters after the defeat, which denied him his first piece of silverware since becoming a member of Barca from Atletico Madrid in 2019.
“I’ve all of the dangerous emotions you possibly can have after dropping a closing. We made errors at set performs, we defended poorly, we did not communicate at free-kicks. They’re vital particulars.”
Koeman tried to place a courageous face on regardless of the loss.
“We’re unhappy and disillusioned however I nonetheless assume we’re on the fitting path and we’re bettering,” Koeman added.
“Now we have to enhance defensively. We should be extra dedicated. We won’t let gamers flip, shoot and go. However I’m giving all the pieces. I am not the worst coach now [after a defeat] identical to I’m not the very best after a win, however it’s a troublesome one to take.”
For Athletic, it was a primary trophy since they beat Barca to win the Spanish Supercopa in 2015 and it got here in simply the third sport of latest coach Marcelino’s tenure.
“The credit score goes to the gamers,” Marcelino stated. “They deserved to be right here for what they did final season and to win these two video games [against Madrid and Barca] is unbelievable.
“I might additionally like to recollect Aritz Aduriz and Mikel San Jose and the opposite gamers that have been right here final season however are now not a part of the squad. And, additionally, the earlier coach [Gaizka Garitano] and his workers.”