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Barcelona fullback Daniel Alves has been hit by a two-match suspension

According to reports, Alves will miss this Sunday’s Catalan derby against Espanyol, as well as the following week’s game against Valencia, after receiving a two-game suspension after his sending off against Atletico Madrid.

Alves also scored the first goal since returning to the club in the 4-2 win

After the referee reviewed VAR evidence, the Brazilian received a straight red card for a vicious late tackle on Yannick Carrasco in the Blaugrana’s victory against Atleti. Alves’ usage of his studs, as well as his lack of desire to play the ball, were aggravating elements that worked against him.

This means that Alves will not be able to play again until at least February 27 against Villarreal, since he has not been registered to play in the Europa League and so cannot face Napoli next week or the week after, leaving Barcelona without him for the next four games.

Oscar Hernandez, Xavi’s brother and second in command, was also punished by the Spanish Football Federation Committee, who handed him a two-game suspension for his frequent objections against Jesus Gil Manzano’s officiating judgments.

Barcelona have confirmed they will appeal the two-match game handed to Dani Alves on Wednesday.

 

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