Messi received a two-match ban for a red card against Bilbao
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Argentine football striker Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona received a double match for exclusion in the final of the Spanish Super Cup with Athlete Bilbao. The sentence was confirmed by the Spanish Football Federation on Tuesday.
In Sunday's final of the tournament in Seville, the Catalans lost to the Basques 2: 3 after extra time. At the end of the extra time, Messi kept his nerves in check and received a red card for a blow with an open palm to the back of Asier Villalibra's head, which was defending him with his body. It was his first elimination in a Barcelona jersey in the 753rd match for the Catalan team. According to Marc's diary, he was threatened with a four-match distance.
Thirty-three-year-old Barcelona captain will miss Thursday's Spanish Cup duel and weekend league match with Elche. The DPA informed.