After a year of good behavior, Luis Suarez reverted back to form on Wednesday when he waited in the Nou Camp tunnel to goad Espanyol players after Barcelona beat them in the Copa del Rey, according to the referee’s report.
In the match report submittted by referee Martínez Munuera, the dust-up in the tunnel featured prominently in the report:
“At the end of the game in the tunnel, the Barcelona number nine D. Luis Alberto Suárez Díaz, while the Espanyol players were walking up the steps of the tunnel, waited for them and said several times the following: ‘I’m waiting for you here, come here. You’re a waste of space.'” This provoked a melee involving players from both sides, leading the security personnel present to intervene, as the technical staff of both teams did also,” the report read.
Munuera also revealed Papakouli Diop had been sent off during the game for telling Suarez:
‘I s*** on your w**** mother.’
That sending off reduced Espanyol to nine men after Hernan Perez had been dismissed for two yellow cards, as Barcelona beat their local rivals 4-1 in the first leg of the last 16 tie.
The teams had drawn 0-0 in the league on Saturday, with Barcelona complaining about Espanyol’s overly aggressive tactics, and the fighting continued in this cup clash.
Suarez has found himself the center of controversy with red cards for biting at Ajax, Liverpool and at the 2016 World Cup in Brazil. He was also suspended while at Liverpool for racially abusing Manchetser United defender Patrice Evra.
The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF)’s disciplinary committee will meet on Friday to determine Saurez’s suspension.
Article 116 of the Disciplinary Code states that
“insulting, offending, threatening or provoking another player, provided it does not constitute a serious offence, is punishable by a suspension of between one and three games or for a period of a month.”
However, Suárez could receive just a retroactive booking. If he does receive a ban, in accordance with Article 56 of the RFEF Disciplinary Code, the suspension would only apply to the Copa del Rey. As the match report does not include any mention of a serious offence (racist comments or abusive language etc), it is likely that Suárez will be treated leniently.
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