Lionel Messi was given his the first ever red card as a Barcelona player in their shock 3-2 Supercopa de Espana final loss to Athletic Bilbao.
Messi was given the marching order in the 120th minute as Barça fell to a 3-2 loss after extra-time and is now facing a suspension for what was his first-ever red card for the Catalan giants.
It came in after competing for the ball with Asier Villalibre, where Messi swung an arm at the Athletic player. Initially the referee didn’t see it but reviewed it on the screen and deemed it a dismissal.
It made it Messi’s first red card in 753 games for Barcelona and the third of his career. He was sent off for Barça B against Peña Sport and also on his debut for the Argentina national team.
The outcome of Lionel Messi’s red card, could land him suspension of between four to 12 games as it’s considered an act of serious foul play by the RFEF. The suspension could be served in the Copa del Rey and in La Liga.
Boss Ronald Koeman said afterwards: “I understand what [Messi] did [at the red card].
“I don’t know how many fouls they committed against him. He tries to dribble and can’t.
“Do I forgive him? I need to see the incident.”