Barcelona have confirmed that they will appeal the four-game ban given to their goalkeeper, Victor Valdes, by Spain’s football authorities.
Valdes was sanctioned after he confronted the referee following Barca’s Copa del Rey semi-final defeat to Real Madrid.
Incensed by the ref’s failure to award what he felt was a last-minute penalty for a foul by Madrid defender Sergio Ramos, Valdes aggressively told Miguel Angel Perez Lasa that he “lacked shame.”
In the past, Ramos was banned for five matches for calling another referee a “shameless scoundrel”, and so Barca’s appeal is unlikely to be received kindly.
However, the prospect of missing home La Liga games against Deportivo la Coruna, Rayo Vallecano and Real Mallorca and an away clash with Celta Vigo with only reserve ‘keeper Pinto and a fringe ‘keeper to call on does not fill Barca with confidence, as they seek to retain their grip on the title race.
And so they have instructed their lawyers to fight to have Valdes’ ban reduced.
"The legal department of FC Barcelona will lodge an appeal in the coming days against the decision," a Barca statement confirmed.