Greatest Of All Time and six-time Europian Golden Shoes winner, Lionel Messi, was suspended for two matches on Tuesday after hitting an opponent in an incident away from the ball in the Spanish Super Cup Final.
Playing for his club Barcelona he scored the first goal but team ended up with 3-2 loss on Sunday against Athletic. The incident took place after passing the ball out to the left haunch. Messi then swung his right arm at the head of the Athletic forward Asier Villalibre as they ran toward the box. Villalibre immediately fell to the ground and after a video review, Messi was given his first red card in 753 appearances with Barcelona’s main squad.
Referee Gil Manzano said in his match report that Messi hit his opponent with “excessive force” while the ball was not near him. The Barcelona forward to facing a suspension of up to 12 matches for this incident, that is swinging hand at the Atheltic player but the Spanish soccer federation’s competition committee did not find the incident to be too serious and applied a less severe penalty and suspended Messi for his next 2 matches.