Spanish Membership Espanyol have lodged a grievance in opposition to Barcelona, saying that they had “improperly fielded” Polish striker Robert Lewandowski within the derby on Saturday at Camp Nou.
Earlier than the World Cup break, Lewandowski was handed a three-match ban after being despatched off in opposition to Osasuna initially, for getting two yellow playing cards inside half-hour of the sport and later, for making inappropriate gestures in the direction of the officers. This gesture earned the Polish star a ban for 2 additional matches.
Nevertheless, Barcelona appealed the choice 24 hours earlier than this derby after which he obtained a particular reprieve to take part within the recreation.
A press release launched by Espanyol learn “RCD Espanyol has filed a grievance with the Royal Spanish Soccer Federation (RFEF) to problem the match in opposition to FC Barcelona, equivalent to the fifteenth LaLiga, for improper alignment.”
“Earlier than the beginning of the match, the membership notified in good religion each the referee of the match, Mr. Mateu Lahoz, and the RFEF itself concerning the presence within the rival eleven of footballer Robert Lewandowski, who needed to serve a sanction after being despatched off for a double yellow in the day past of the nationwide championship,” the assertion added.
Additional, the assertion went on to say “RCD Espanyol, as introduced on the eve of the match, will use all of the assets at its disposal to defend its pursuits and that of our followers, conscious that this flagrant injustice places the essence of our competitors in danger and that this injustice is predicated on a hasty decision and with apparent authorized deficiencies.”
The match resulted in a 1-1 draw with Marcos Alonso opening the scoring for Barcelona and Espanyol equalising within the second half with a Joselu penalty within the 73rd minute.