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Barcelona lose attraction over Xavi suspension after Atletico Madrid purple card


The Spanish Soccer Federation have rejected Barcelona’s attraction over the purple card proven to Xavi throughout the victory over Atletico Madrid earlier than the worldwide break.

Xavi was dismissed for “thoughtless gestures” in the direction of the referee and was issued a two-game ban – the third touchline suspension handed out to him this season.

Barcelona tried to attraction in opposition to the suspension however AS state that Xavi’s ban has been upheld and he’ll spend the following two La Liga video games within the stands.

On the agenda for Barcelona are video games in opposition to Las Palmas and Cadiz, for which his brother Oscar will as soon as once more take cost on the touchline.

Xavi’s ban doesn’t carry over to the Champions League, nevertheless, that means he will likely be free to take cost of the quarter-final first leg in opposition to Paris Saint-Germain sandwiched in between.

Xavi Hernandez, Jose Maria Sanchez Martinez

Xavi was despatched to the stands / Angel Martinez/GettyImages

It’s famous that Barcelona may lodge the next attraction of the suspension, which would depart him free to handle whereas their case is heard, however membership officers are anticipated to choose in opposition to doing in order, ought to they fail to get it overturned, a two-game ban would impression the journey Actual Madrid on April 21.

As such, Barcelona at the moment are anticipated to just accept the end result and cope with out their supervisor.

Xavi has confirmed he’ll step down from his place as Barcelona boss on the finish of the season, citing stress and exhaustion from the stress that comes with main the membership, however many have urged him to remain after the current upturn in kind.

Certainly, Barcelona are unbeaten of their final ten video games, seven of which have led to victory. The Catalan giants discover themselves eight factors behind La Liga leaders Actual Madrid and can hope to shut that hole when the 2 sides meet subsequent month.