Barcelona confirmed in a statement after the announcement that they’d attraction the ban.
Referee Jesus Gil Manzano was alerted to the incident by VAR and after watching a replay on the pitchside monitor determined to present Messi his marching orders.
The Royal Spanish Soccer Federation’s competitors committee met on Tuesday and deemed the problem to be worthy of a two-game suspension.
Messi will miss Thursday’s journey to 3rd division Cornella within the Copa del Rey and Sunday’s La Liga recreation away at Elche. Ought to Barca beat Cornella, he’ll return for a possible round-of-16 tie within the Copa del Rey subsequent week and also will be out there for the league match at Camp Nou in opposition to Athletic, who beat Barca in Sunday’s ultimate, on Jan. 31.
Messi had solely beforehand been despatched off thrice in his skilled profession and solely as soon as at membership degree. His first crimson card got here in February 2005 in a league recreation for Barca B in opposition to Pena Sport.
He was expelled for his protests after not being awarded a penalty within the ultimate 10 minutes of the match.
Later that very same 12 months, in August, he was despatched off on his Argentina debut in a pleasant in opposition to Hungary and he noticed crimson once more whereas taking part in for his nation in opposition to Chile in 2019 Copa America.
Nonetheless, he had by no means been despatched off for Barca’s senior aspect till Sunday, along with his first crimson card for the membership arriving in his 753rd official look.