A report on Iusport.com suggests that the incident was viewed as an act of aggression and not unsportsmanlike conduct. The ban, therefore, has been upheld.
“We must conclude that with only the allegations of the player, and no images or proof otherwise, that the referee’s verdict cannot be called into question. For that reason, as the appeal can’t be proven to be fact, the attributed sanction handed down to the player will remain the same,” added TAD.
The 26-year-old has already missed three games so far – he was not named in the squad for Barca’s fixtures against Villarreal, Levante and Real Sociedad last season.
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9:45pm – Sergi Roberto’s suspension upheld
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7:30pm – Barca must meet Nzonzi buyout clause
Sevilla director of football Joaquin Caparros has stated that Steven N’Zonzi will not be leaving the club for less than his €40million buyout clause.
6:00pm – France star offered to Barcelona
Fresh off a starring performance in France’s triumphant World Cup run, Paul Pogba is being linked with a move to Barcelona.
Reports in Spain suggest the Manchester United man has been offered to the club by the player’s agent, Mino Raiola, after a rocky two-year spell in the Premier League under United manager Jose Mourinho.
However, a transfer is unlikely given the fee Pogba would command.
Read more here.
1:30pm – Potential Cillessen destination revealed
Liverpool are monitoring Dutchman Jasper Cillessen as they continue their search for a new goalkeeper.
The goalkeeping position has been a problem area for the Reds, as first-choice man Loris Karius continues to produce error-strewn displays and backup keeper Simon Mignolet hasn’t looked convincing when he’s been the No1 option.
Cillessen has grown frustrated at the lack of first-team opportunities at Barcelona, with Marc-Andre Ter Stegen’s outstanding form relegating the 29-year-old to a bit-part role.
Read our transfer rumour mill here.
11:00am – Update on Rabiot’s PSG future
PSG have made Barcelona target Adrien Rabiot untouchable this summer, according to Marca.
The Frenchman has been identified as one of Barcelona’s priority signings, and it was hoped a deal would be easy to negotiate given the 23-year-old is in the final year of his current contract.
However, PSG are hoping to tie the midfielder to a contract extension and insist they will not be forced to sell.
PSG are also reluctant to enter into talks with Blaugrana after being unimpressed with the Spanish club’s tactics when trying to sign Marco Verratti last summer, and relations soured further after Neymar’s world-record move to the French capital.
Read more here.
Rabiot has been identified as the priority target to strengthen Blaugrana’s midfield after the departures of Andres Iniesta and Paulinho. That, too, even after a deal for Brazilian midfielder Arthur was concluded.
It was hoped a transfer would be easy to negotiate given Rabiot is in the final year of his current contract. However, PSG are hoping to tie the midfielder to a contract extension and insist they will not be forced to sell – a message likely being sent as much for Real Madrid‘s benefit as Barcelona’s, given Madrid’s rumoured interest in Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.
PSG are also reluctant to enter into talks with Barcelona after being unimpressed with the Spanish club’s tactics when trying to sign Marco Verratti last summer.
Relations between the two clubs soured further after Neymar’s world-record move to the French capital from Barcelona last August.