Barcelona ap­peal Messi yel­low card

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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.’

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 dur­ing the 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.

Suarez, who scored the win­ning goal af­ter Lionel Messi had can­celled out Vi­tolo’s opener for the hosts, cut an an­gry fig­ure as tem­pers

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