Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 22 October 2019

Barcelona's Ousmane Dembele to miss Clasico after receiving two-match ban

Ronald Araujo and Gerard Pique handed one-match bans, club to appeal sanctions

Ousmane Dembele. Getty
Ousmane Dembele. Getty

Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele will miss the Clasico between Barcelona and Real Madrid after he received a two-match ban by the Spanish football federation (RFEF) on Wednesday.

Dembele was sent off during Barcelona's 4-0 win over Sevilla on Sunday. He reportedly told referee Mateu Lahoz: "very bad, very bad".

The RFEF disciplinary committee ruled that Dembele's remarks constituted an "attitude of contempt or disregard for referees" and this banned the Frenchman for two games.

Dembele is therefore unavailable for Barcelona's next La Liga fixtures – away at Eibar on October 19 and at home to Real Madrid on October 26.

Ronald Araujo and Gerard Pique also received one-match bans and will miss the Eibar match.

"FC Barcelona has decided to appeal the sanctions imposed by the disciplinary committee to both Ousmane Dembele and Ronald Araujo," the club said in a statement.

Pique picked up his fifth yellow card of the season against Sevilla while Araujo was sent off for bringing down Javier Hernandez.

Updated: October 9, 2019 07:56 PM

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