UEFA punishes Busquets with two game ban

UEFA has punished Barca defender Sergio Busquets with a two game penalty.

That means Sergio will have to sit out both of the games against Celtic, but the club could still appeal the decision.

The UEFA Control and Disciplinary Committee has decided to impose a penalty of a two game suspension on Sergio Busquets after being sent off in the Champions League match against Benfica in Lisbon.

Busquets was given his marching orders by Turkish referee Cüneyt Çakir for aggression against a rival player in the 87th minute of the match that ended up with Barca winning by two goals to nil.

Although it may be possible to appeal this decision, the Spanish international will certainly miss the next two Champions League games against Celtic.

On looking at the footage of the replay whereby Busquets was given a straight red card, he does seem to lose his cool and blasts the ball at one of the Benfica players. As we all are aware, only Sergio knows what was going through his head at the time and players say things to each other off camera as well as tensions being high. I think it was the heat of the moment with a cocktail of the above which caused him to blast the ball at a Benfica player. This kind of thing happens all the time in football and some refs don’t pick up on it and it was unfortunate for Busquets to have received a red card for his faux pas.

Barca should have Pique back by then running at 100% and with no Puyol or Alves, Barca will have to do some clever reshuffling at the back in order to secure a first leg victory against Celtic. Although the Scottish outfit shouldn’t present any problems for Barca, it is wise to err on the side of caution as it does happen to be a Champions League match and as we know, anything can happen!

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