OFFICAL: Dembele suspended for Clasico, Barca appeal dismissed
- The final ruling of the Competition Committee confirms the Frenchman's two-game suspension.
- In addition, both the club and the player have been fined.
- Barca would have to pay 700 euros and Dembele 600 euros.
- Dembele allegedly said to the referee of Sevilla game: 'You're very bad.'
La Liga Disciplinary Committee have said their final word: Ousmane Dembele is suspended for two games and thus will miss El Clasico. Barcelona's appeal against the red card the player received in the game against Sevilla has been dismissed.
Moreover, both the club and the player have been fined: Barca would have to pay 700 euros, while the for the player it's 600 euros.
As you might remember, the 4-0 Sevilla thrashing was marred by the red card controversy which happened in the dying minutes of the game. Barca debutant Ronald Araujo was sent off for the last-man foul. The referee's decision wasn't taken lightly by the Blaugrana players, especially Dembele.
The Frenchman also received the red card for saying something to the match official, Mateu Lahoz. Allegedly, it was just 'you're very bad', according to the referee's report.
The new Movistar footage now proves that Dembele's teammates tried to do everything to prevent this unfair dismissal. Lionel Messi is caught saying to Lahoz: "He cannot speak!". Apparently, the Argentinean meant his French colleague is unable to communicate properly in Spanish.
Dembele's Spanish woes were confirmed by Ernesto Valverde as well. During the post-match presser, the boss addressed the red card issue: "I don't know what Dembele could have said (to the referee, in order to get a red card). More than anything because even I find it difficult to talk to Dembele (in Spanish)..."