Mild punishment Lionel Messi after handing out blow

FC Barcelona trainer Ronald Koeman only has to do two duels without Lionel Messi.

The disciplinary committee of the Spanish Football Association has suspended the Argentine only for two duels after his red card Sunday in the final to the Spanish Supercup against Athletic.

Messi is now missing the cup duel with Cornella on Thursday and Sundays league match against Elche. Against Athletic, he can make his return on 31 January.

It is a mild punishment because Messi felled his opponent Asier Villalibre with a fist blow. That happened in the final phase of the extension and was an act of frustration, it seemed. The team from the Basque Country made many violations and had also taken the lead in the extension. It remained 3-2 in the duel in Seville. It was the first time in 753 matches for Barcelona that Messi got red.