BARCELONA have officially confirmed that they plan to appeal against the three-match ban handed out to star striker, Robert Lewandowski.
The 34-year-old learned his fate earlier today after being sent off against Osasuna in what was the Catalans’ final La Liga game before the World Cup.
While his sending-off for two yellows warrants just a one-match ban, the Competition Committee added an extra two-game suspension due to the gesture he made while walking off the pitch after being shown the red card.
The Poland captain had clarified that the gesture was not directed towards the referee or the fourth official but it was him communicating with Barcelona manager, Xavi Hernandez.
However, that has seemingly done little to change the mind of the Competition Committee, who have gone ahead and handed Lewandowski a three-match suspension.
It means that the veteran striker, who has scored 13 goals in La Liga this season, will miss the matches against RCD Espanyol, Atletico Madrid and Real Betis.
However, Barça now intend to plan against the decision to issue a three-match ban to their ace goalscorer. The statement from the club read:
“FC Barcelona will appeal to the Appeals Committee against the three-match ban imposed on Robert Lewandowski by the Competition Committee.”
“It should be remembered that the Polish striker was sent off for a double yellow warning in the last League game in Pamplona, which Barça won 1-2 thanks to goals from Pedri and Raphinha.”
Barcelona will resume their La Liga campaign on December 31 against Espanyol.