Lionel Messi may very well be hit with a ban of as much as 12 video games following his pink card within the Spanish Tremendous Cup on Sunday.
Messi was given his marching orders for the primary time as a Barcelona participant as they misplaced to Athletic Bilbao.
With Barca trailing 3-2 to Bilbao in further time, the Argentine was proven a pink card, following a VAR evaluate, for showing to hit Asier Villalibre on the top in an off the ball incident.
Previous to the sending off, Messi had solely obtained two pink playing cards in his skilled profession whereas enjoying for Argentina.
He may very well be going through an prolonged ban for his actions, in keeping with the Spanish press.
Marca report that Messi may very well be slapped with a suspension of as much as 12 video games as a result of the incident was so severe.
The size of the ban is known to but be decided however he’ll miss this week’s Copa Del Rey tie towards Cornella.
If Barcelona are knocked out by the minnows then it will likely be three LaLiga video games he misses until the ban is prolonged to the utmost.
Marca additionally printed an article in a single day with the headline ‘Messi, it is best to apologise’.
Lacking their star participant will likely be a giant blow for Ronald Koeman as his facet look to make up the seven level deficit to Atletico Madrid, who even have two video games in hand.