Club to appeal two match ban for Vilanova

Club to appeal two match ban for Vilanova

This Wednesday, Spain’s Competition Committee (Comité de Competición) has sanctioned FC Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova with a two match suspension for his expulsion from last Sunday’s match against Osasuna at the Reyno de Navarra stadium.

Vilanova will serve the two match suspension during League matches, and it will not apply to tonight’s Super Cup second leg since his offence is not classified as serious.

The committee has applied Article 120 of the fourth chapter of the Disciplinary Code (minor offenses) which states that to protest the referee, linesmen or fourth official will be punishable with a suspension of two to three matches. Vilanova was sent off for protesting a foul on Sergio Busquets.

The Competition Committee also handed a four match suspension to Real Madrid’s Fabio Coentrao, who verbally insulted the referee during the 2-1 loss to Getafe over the weekend, which will begin with tonight’s Super Cup match.

Barça’s legal department, which was waiting for official notification of the suspension, will appeal. The Appeals Committee (Comité de Apelación) will meet on Friday.

Sources: fcbarcelona.cat, Mundo Deportivo; Image: Javi Ferrandiz (Sport)