The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) has turned down Barcelona’s appeal against the second yellow card shown to Luis Suárez in the Copa del Rey semi-final second leg match at Camp Nou, meaning the Uruguayan striker will be suspended for the final against Alavés in May.
Suárez was sent off against Atlético for two bookable offences, the second of which occurred in the 88th minute when the player “hit an opposition player with his arm in a reckless manner when challenging for the ball.” Suárez had been shown his first yellow two minutes earlier for a foul.
The referee’s report also noted that Suárez refused to leave the field after being sent off and ignored the match official’s instructions to do so, and then remained in the tunnel watching the end of the game despite being told on several occasions by the fourth official to return to the dressing rooms.
In denying Barcelona’s appeal against the second yellow, the RFEF committee said the video evidence “could not be clearer in contrary to the claims of the appellant.”
As such, Suárez will remain suspended for the final against Alavés on May 27, as will Sergi Roberto, who was also sent off in the match against Atlético in Camp Nou.
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