Barcelona are appealing the red card shown to Ferran Torres following an altercation with Atletico Madrid defender Stefan Savic in an attempt to “minimize” the length and scope of any ban.
Ferran Torres was sent off against Atletico Madrid
Torres was ordered to go off in stoppage time in Barcelona’s narrow win and referee Jose Luis Munuela Montero showed both players red cards.
The 22-year-old Barcelona striker did not start and came off the bench in the second half. He barely touched the ball for more than half an hour, though fortunately his team was down to 10 and had no effect on the final result.
Mundo Deportivo reported that Barcelona consulted its legal services to review footage of the incident and subsequently filed a case seeking a “lenient sentence”.
The Catalans’ exact grounds for their appeal have not yet been revealed, but they are said to believe Torres will receive a short-term La Liga-related suspension that will not affect this week’s Spanish Super Cup.
Barca have made several unsuccessful appeals against the suspension time Robert Lewandowski suffered when he was sent off in November’s win over Osasuna for allegedly targeting the referee’s gesture.
Lewandowski missed the game against Atletico Madrid, the first of three suspensions. But his ban only applies to La Liga, meaning he is eligible for the Super Cup, where Barca face Real Betis in the semi-finals in Saudi Arabia on Thursday night.
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