Lewandowski handed three-game ban for offensive gesture


Barcelona striker Robert Lewandowski has been issued a three-game suspension.

The penalty is for his response to getting sent off in their 2-1 win against Osasuna last Tuesday.

In the 31st minute, with Barcelona behind by a goal, Lewandowski was sent off for two bookable offenses and replied by making a gesture — touching his nose and gesturing at the referee, Jesus Gil Manzano.

It was later deemed disrespectful and arrogant by the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF).

He denied the gesture was meant for the official, saying it was intended for his coach Xavi Hernandez following a conversation they had earlier this month, but the RFEF overlooked his explanation.

Lewandowski, who has scored 18 goals in all competitions this season, will miss the Catalan derby against Espanyol scheduled for Dec. 31 and the away games against Champions League contenders Atletico Madrid and Real Betis, with LaLiga now breaking for six weeks to accommodate the World Cup.




It was just the second red card of Lewandowski’s career. The forward, who will represent Poland in Qatar, was last sent off in 2013 during his time at Borussia Dortmund.

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Despite Lewandowski’s absence, Barca came from behind to beat claim one of their biggest wins of the season over Osasuna and ensure they remain top of the table during the World Cup.

Gerard Pique , meanwhile, has been handed a four-game ban after being dismissed in the same game, although he won’t serve the suspension after retiring from football.

He was sent off at half-time after unleashing a tirade of expletives at referee Gil Manzano, who he said has “screwed Barcelona” more than any other official.

Pique, 35, was set to play his last game for Barca before retirement but was not able to come on in the second half after being dismissed in the tunnel during the half-time break for his remonstrations.



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