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Three-match suspension for Lewandowski upheld after Barcelona’s appeal is denied

Robert Lewandowski

According to reports, Barcelona’s attempt to get Robert Lewandowski‘s three-game suspension overturned was unsuccessful. After receiving two cautions against Osasuna, the striker was dismissed and given a three-match suspension. After making a gesture as he left the field. Following criticism from the Spanish league for his antics, Lewandowski was given a one-match suspension for his red card and a further two for the gesture.

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The striker said the gesture was directed toward manager Xavi rather than the match official. But it doesn’t appear that his claim had any bearing on the outcome. Barcelona had hoped to get Lewandowski’s suspension shortened, but the RFEF’s Appeals Committee has reportedly upheld it and it will stand.

Did Lewandowski deserve his suspension?

All of this indicates that Lewandowski will take a substantial amount of time off. The La Liga matchups between Espanyol, Atletico, and Real Betis will be missed by the Poland international. After Poland’s World Cup elimination on Sunday, Lewandowski is already planning a getaway. He is reportedly going to take some time off before reporting back to Barcelona’s training.

The goal by Lewandowski for Poland versus France came far too late. Late in the first half, Olivier Giroud broke the scoreless tie to become the all-time leading scorer for Les Bleus. Two excellent goals from Kylian Mbappe made the game insurmountable until Poland scored in stoppage time of the second half.

Mundo Deportivo claims that the offense involved gestures made toward the referee who gave him his instructions.

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He said

 “Addressing the referees, managers or sports authorities in terms or with attitudes of contempt or inconsideration provided that the action does not constitute a foul more serious, it will be sanctioned with a suspension of two to three games or for a period of up to one month,” 

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According to Sport, Barcelona appealed the initial caution and additional suspension that were given as a result of gestures the player made after being sent off. However, they were ineffective, and the club must now choose whether to file an appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

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