Take a fresh look at your lifestyle.

Messi slammed 2-match ban after red card saga


The captain of Barcelona Football Club, Lionel Messi has handed a two-domestic-match ban following the red card slammed on him during the Supercopa de Espana final against Athletic Bilbao.

Athletic Bilbao defeated the Catalans 3-2 in the encounter.

ElombahNews reported on Monday that the Barcelona captain received the first red card of his career as he swung an arm at Villalibre’s head in frustration in the dying moments of the clash.

Inaki Williams’s brilliant strike in extra time earned Athletic Bilbao the win over FC Barcelona in the Super Cup final on Sunday which saw Messi sent off in the final stages.

The Basque side grabbed a last-minute equalizer through Asier Villalibre to tie the game at 2-2 and force an extra 30 minutes.

Antoine Griezmann had sent FC Barcelona ahead and restored their advantage with goals either side of Oscar de Marcos’s equalizer.

Williams smashed into the top right corner from the edge of the penalty box three minutes into the additional period and Athletic Bilbao held on to win the trophy at Seville’s La Cartuja stadium.


Messi was dismissed in the 119th minute of the game after he struck Villalibre in an off-the-ball incident.

The action was spotted by the VAR, and referee Jesus Gil Manzano subsequently showed him the red.

Complete Sports reported that it was the first time he has been sent off for the club and only the third red card in his entire 17-year career for Barca and Argentina.

Reports in Spain had suggested an extended ban could be imposed on Messi.

A statement by the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) confirmed on Tuesday that he will be suspended for Barca’s next two games.

He will, therefore, miss the Copa del Rey game against Cornella and the league trip to Elche but will return in time for another tussle with Villalibre and Athletic on January 31.

© Copyright 2020 ElombahNews.

DISCLAIMER : Opinion articles are solely the responsibility of the author and does not necessarily reflect the views of the publishers of ElombahNews!
Would you like to be receiving ALL ElombahNews links ‘On The Go’ on WhatsApp Or Telegram? If yes, join us here on WhatsApp or Telegram, or provide us your Telephone number via publisher@elombah.com or sms/inbox +2349050382526 and you are good to go!
DOWNLOAD ElombahNews mobile app here
Send eyewitness accounts/ reports/ articles  to publisher@elombah.com; follow us on twitter @ElombahNews; like our Facebook page ElombahNews 

For adverts & inquiries, call +447460770987, +2349050382526

Comments are closed.

You have successfully subscribed to the newsletter

There was an error while trying to send your request. Please try again.

ElombahNews will use the information you provide on this form to be in touch with you and to provide updates and marketing.