Barcelona’s Uruguayan forward Luis Suarez (2ndR) is congratulated by teammate Argentinian forward Lionel Messi (R) after scoring during the Spanish league football match Athletic Club Bilbao vs FC Barcelona at the San Mames stadium in Bilbao on August 23, 2015. AFP PHOTO/ ANDER GILLENEA
Argentine international Javier Mascherano has had his initial three match ban reduced to a two-match ban following his red card in Saturday’s La Liga match against Eibar to the delight of Barcelona.
The Barcelona star got a straight red in the 83rd minute of the encounter played at Camp Nou, as the referee sent him off for allegedly insulting the linesman’s mother during a four-letter rant.
Barcelona appealed the decision and it had been feared that they will lose the appeal and the player would be handed a four-game ban, therefore missing the El Clasico towards the end of November.
But shocking, the Spanish Football Federation have decided to ban the centre-back for only two matches after regarding the language used as ‘not insulting’.
However, Mascherano will miss the upcoming fixtures against Getafe and Villarreal and will only miss the El Clasico in case of injuries or if the manager Luis Enrique decides to drop him.