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Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Barcelona appeal Lionel Messi yellow card for time wasting in Sevilla victory after his boot removed in challenge

Barcelona have announced they will appeal the yellow card given to Lionel Messi during the team's 2-1 win over Sevilla on Sunday. Messi was booked during the second half for time wasting as he attempted to put his boot back on after it had come off following a challenge from Sevilla's Steven N'Zonzi. A statement from Barcelona read: 'The club have presented an appeal against the yellow card that Leo Messi received on Sunday in the match against Sevilla at the Sanchez Pizjuan, which Barca won 2-1 thanks to a goal from the Argentine.'

Lionel Messi protests after referee Jaime Latre brandishes a yellow card for time wasting

Messi shows the official that his laces were broken in the collision with Steven N'Zonzi

Barcelona will now appeal the decision with Messi receiving his third booking of the season Barcelona coach Luis Enrique explained after the game that Messi's laces were broken due to N'Zonzi's foul and that is why the player could not put the boot back on immediately.

Barca striker Neymar was also booked on Sunday and is one card away from a ban. Uruguay forward Luis Suarez will miss the team's home game against Malaga on November 19 after picking up his fifth yellow card of the campaign duringthe encounter at Sevilla, resulting in an automatic one-game suspension. The former Liverpool striker picked up an innocuous yellow card from referee Jaime Latre for dissent in the 88th minute during an incident which saw Barcelona actually awarded a free-kick.


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