Suarez Banned For Two Matches, Will Miss Copa Final

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Luis Suarez will now have to sit out of the Copa del Rey final on May 27 after Barcelona‘s appeal against his second booking from Tuesday’s draw with Atletico Madrid was rejected.

The Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) slapped Suarez with a two-match ban because of his actions after being sent off in the final minute as Barcelona managed to snatch a 3-2 aggregate victory at Camp Nou.

However, despite the initial appeal being rejected, Barcelona assured they would now take the matter to the RFEF’s appeals committee, but it’s a well-known fact that the La Liga giants rarely been successful pursuing that process.

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Referee Jesus Gil Manzano’s report says Suarez was sent off for throwing his arm in Koke’s direction while fighting for the ball only minutes after seeing a yellow card for a foul on Juanfran.

The situation got even worse when the Barcelona striker, after the match, said the decision was “laughable” and requested the club to appeal, as coach Luis Enrique stayed beside him. On Wednesday the club confirmed that they would appeal against the booking.

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It’s the Uruguayan attacker’s actions after being sent off perhaps went against him. Gil Manzano wrote that Suarez intentionally delayed his exit from the field while ignoring the official’s constant warnings, and then refused to leave the tunnel area and go back to the dressing room when asked to do so by the fourth official.

Suarez, along with Sergi Roberto, who was also given the marching order against Atletico, will be out of the final against Alaves, who beat Celta Vigo on Wednesday.

In addition, there is a strong possibility that Suarez will also be suspended for the first game of Spain’s domestic cup competition next season.


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