The Appeal Committee of the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) rejected Barcelona’s appeal against the sanction of two games to Argentine striker Leo Messi, for his expulsion in the final of the Super Cup against Athletic Club on the 17th.
The Appeal resolution published this Friday by the RFEF indicates that “for the presumption of veracity of the arbitration act to be maintained” it is sufficient “that the images do not flatly contradict what is expressed in it.”
“What can be seen in the images is perfectly compatible with the existence of hitting, as much as it may also be with other possibilities, including the Club version. In the images, regardless of the ultimate goal of the sanctioned player (that the Club believes which is to get away from the adversary), it is appreciated that one body hits with violence against another (that is the blow according to the DLE of the RAE), nothing being evident of what the Club assumes in its appeal, such as that the rival exaggerate the consequences of a contact that the club itself recognizes “, it states.
The unanimous decision of Appeal, which can be appealed within a period of fifteen days before the Administrative Court of Sport, indicates in its legal grounds that “appreciating that the force is excessive is something that largely falls within the scope of the referee’s technical discretion “.
Messi, who already completed the first of the two matches in the clash against Cornellá in the Copa del Rey on Thursday, was sent off with a direct red for the first time as a Barcelona player in the 120th minute of the Super Cup final after the referee Jesús Gil Manzano will review the action in the video of an attack without the ball against Athletic player Asier Villalibre.
The referee reflected in the minutes that he was shown the red card for hitting an opponent with his arm using excessive force while the ball was in play but not at a distance from being played.
Last Tuesday 19, the RFEF Competition Committee sanctioned the player with two matches in application of article 123.2 of the Disciplinary Code, “Violence in the game”, for his behavior in the final played in Seville, in which Athletic won the title (2-3).
“Occur in a violent way during the game or as a direct consequence of any set of the same, as long as the action causes risk, but no harmful or harmful consequences are produced, it will be sanctioned with suspension of one to three games or for a period of up to one month”, notes the article.
It adds that “if the action described in the preceding paragraph occurs outside the game or with the game stopped, it will be sanctioned with suspension of two to three games, without prejudice to the provisions of article 98 of this Code.”
Messi, who must serve the sanction in the next two Barcelona games, in the order in which they are played, in accordance with article 56.8 of the RFEF disciplinary code, was already out yesterday in the cup victory over Cornellá and will be lost Also the match next Sunday 24th in Elche within day 20 of LaLiga Santander.