Messi to miss Elche clash as Barcelona have ban appeal rejected

Lionel Messi Barcelona 2020-21

Lionel Messi will miss Barcelona’s La Liga clash with Elche on Sunday after the Spanish FA decided to uphold the two-match ban handed to the Argentine following his red card against Athletic Club.

It was the first red card of Messi’s club career, with Barca having appealed against he decision to hand their talismanic forward a two-match ban.

That appeal has been unsuccessful, however, and Messi will now serve what is the second of his two-game suspension as the Catalans head to struggling Elche on Sunday.

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