Victim of a foul, the Argentine number 10 tried to recover the ball quickly by sending a slight nudge to Sevillian midfielder Jordan, without being penalized.
Dominated by Sevilla FC on Wednesday night in the Copa del Rey semi-final (0-2), Barça could perhaps have lost Lionel Messi, who nudged a Sevillian player. In the 63rd minute of the game, the Catalan captain tried to get the ball back after being fouled by Jordan.
“La Pulga” moved towards the Andalusian to push him aside and take the ball out of his hands, giving him an involuntary nudge in the nose. Jordan collapsed to the ground for a short time … before receiving a yellow card from referee Mr. Mateu Lahoz. Neither the official nor the VAR then returned to the images.
Messi therefore escaped any sanction, angering a good part of the Andalusian team and in particular Jordan. “It’s Leo’s law. Everyone has to be silent (It’s) very strong,” tweeted the journalist from the Madrid daily. AS, Tomas Roncero.
Three weeks ago, in the final of the Spanish Supercup, the Argentina international also lost his nerves and collected the first red card of his career after a nasty gesture on an Athletic Bilbao player. “La Pulga” had been suspended for two matches.
Silent against Sevilla, Messi and Barça will have one last opportunity to reassure themselves on Saturday by receiving Alavés for the 23rd day of La Liga (9 p.m.) before returning to PSG next Tuesday in the Champions League.
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