The Spanish Football Federation suspended Robert Lewandowski for three games on Wednesday. The FC Barcelona striker is being punished for his behavior after he was sent off last week in the away match against Osasuna (1-2).
The 34-year-old Lewandowski received two yellow cards in the first half of the match. The Pole was hurled for the first time for holding in the eleventh minute. Twenty minutes later he received his second yellow card for an elbow.
Normally, a player is suspended for one game if he gets two yellow cards, but Lewandowski gets two more games. According to the Spanish Football Federation, he made a contemptuous gesture at the referee when he sent him off the field with a red card.
FC Barcelona will appeal against the suspension. If the Catalan club fails, Lewandowski will miss the league games against RCD Espanyol (home), Atlético Madrid (away) and Getafe (home). The top striker is currently in Qatar for the World Cup, which starts on Sunday. Poland is in a group with Argentina, Saudi Arabia and Mexico.
The Spanish Football Federation also imposed a suspension on the stopped Gerard Piqué. The defender received a direct red card against Osasuna as a substitute for commenting on the lead and is not allowed to play for four games. That doesn’t matter anymore, because Piqué is already a professional football player.
FC Barcelona is currently leading in La Liga. The team of coach Xavi has 37 points, two more than closest attacker Real Madrid.