Barcelona: Suarez to Miss Copa del Rey Final

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Barcelona’s Appeal for Suarez second booking from Tuesday’s draw against Atletico Madrid revoked was rejected.

Lius Suarez sent off the pitch.

Luis Suarez will miss the Copa del Rey final on May 27 after Barcelona’s appeal to have his second booking from Tuesday’s draw against Atletico Madrid revoked was rejected.

What’s more, the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) handed Suarez a two-game ban due to his actions after being sent off in the final minute as Barca secured a 3-2 aggregate win at Camp Nou.

After the initial appeal was rejected, Barcelona said it would now take the matter to the RFEF’s appeals committee, though they’ve rarely been successful pursuing that route.

According to referee Jesus Gil Manzano’s report, Suarez was sent off for throwing his arm in Koke’s direction while tussling for the ball minutes after receiving a yellow card for a foul on Juanfran.

Suarez said after the game that the decision was “laughable” and urged the club to appeal, as coach Luis Enrique did. On Wednesday the club confirmed that they would fight the booking.

The Uruguayan striker’s actions after being dismissed may have counted against him. Gil Manzano wrote that he delayed his exit from the pitch, ignoring the official’s repeated warnings, and then wouldn’t leave the tunnel area and retreat to the dressing room when asked to do so by the fourth official.

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