Saturday 9 January 2016

Barcelona's Luis Suarez Gets Two-match Ban

Barcelona’s Luis Suarez has been banned for two games by the Spanish FA’s disciplinary committee for his actions in a tunnel after Barcelona’s 4 – 1 win over local rivals Espanyol in the Copa del Rey on Wednesday.

Luis Suarez Barcelona's Luis Suarez of FC Barcelona looks on during the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and FC Barcelona  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
 After the final whistle, the two teams scuffled in the tunnel where and referee Martinez Munuera’s reported that the former Liverpool man taunted his opponents.
In announcing their appeal, Barca said Suarez had not used the words the referee wrote in his report.
Espanyol players Pape Diop and Hernan Perez, who were both sent off during Wednesday’s game, have each received one-match suspensions.
The suspensions  apply to Copa Del Rey matches

“Barcelona received notification on Friday from the Spanish Football Federation that striker Luis Suarez was to face a two-match suspension for taking part [in] incidents between players from Barca and Espanyol in the tunnel leading to the dressing rooms following Wednesday’s Copa del Rey last 16 first leg at Camp Nou,” the statement said.
“Barcelona will immediately proceed to appeal the ban. If the sanction holds up, Suarez would miss the return leg next Wednesday and a hypothetical first leg of the quarterfinals, should Barca qualify.
“In the appeal, FC Barcelona is expected to argue that the player, as he later stated, did not use the allegedly offensive words that were attributed to him in the referee’s official notes following the match.”
Suarez has a long history of controversy on the pitch and is still serving out his nine-match FIFA ban for biting Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini at the 2014 World Cup.

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