Robert Lewandowski will play Espanyol in this weekend’s Barcelona derby after being suspended for three games by a Spanish court over a red card ahead of the World Cup
- Robert Lewandowski is qualified for Barcelona’s clash with Espanyol on Saturday
- He was suspended for three games after a red card against Osasuna last month
- He received two yellow cards but was suspended for three games for a gesture at the official
- However, the three-game ban was overturned by a Spanish court
Striker Robert Lewandowski will be available for Barcelona’s game against Espanyol after a Spanish court lifted his three-game suspension, LaLiga leaders announced on Friday.
Lewandowski was set to miss the game after the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) banned the Poland international for three games following his dismissal in Barcelona’s 2-1 win at Osasuna in November.
The 34-year-old received a yellow card in the 11th minute for dragging Nacho Vidal back and 20 minutes later received his second after elbowing David Garcia in the face.
Robert Lewandowski will be available for Barcelona’s game against Espanyol after a Spanish court lifted his ban
The Polish striker was sent off for that clash with a second yellow card but was handed a three-game ban for a gesture he made
According to the RFEF Officers Committee, Lewandowski was suspended for three games for a gesture towards the official after being shown the red card, which was a “contemptuous attitude towards the referees”.
Last month Barcelona said they would appeal the ban. According to reports from Spanish media, her appeal was rejected by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) earlier this month.
“The Arbitration Court in Madrid has taken a precautionary measure against the suspension imposed by the Arbitration Court for Sport, which means that the Poland international can play Espanyol,” Barcelona said in a statement.
In the same game, Barcelona legend Gerard Pique was banned for four games for storming onto the pitch at half-time and calling the referee a “damn disgrace”.
However, it was the defender’s farewell game before retiring, so he doesn’t have to serve it out.
Lewandowski has been a huge asset for Barcelona this season, scoring 18 goals in 19 games
Barcelona, two points clear of Real Madrid after 14 games, host city rivals Espanyol on Saturday.
Lewandowski has been a huge asset for Barcelona this season, having scored 18 goals in 19 games for the Spanish giants.
The Poland captain has provided four assists since his £42.5million move to the Nou Camp in the summer.
Lewandowski will be dying to get back on the pitch after KOing France in the World Cup Round of 16.
The Barcelona striker scored twice in Qatar before his country failed – once against Saudi Arabia and again against France.
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-11585605/Robert-Lewandowski-play-Catalan-derby-against-Espanyol-three-game-ban-overturned.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Robert Lewandowski CAN play against Espanyol in the Catalan derby after the three-game suspension was lifted