Barcelona are set to launch an appeal against the four-game league suspension given to goalkeeper Victor Valdes following his sending-off for verbally abusing referee Miguel Angel Perez Lasa after the final whistle in the 2-1 league defeat to Real Madrid at the weekend.

 The Barca number one was incensed that the referee did not award the Catalan giants a late penalty in what could have seen his side rescue a point after Sergio Ramos challenged Adriano Correia in the penalty area.

 Referee Perez Lesa noted in his post-match report that Valdes had sworn at him before telling him that he “had no shame.”

 The competition committee of the Spanish Football Federation imposed the sanction on Valdes on Wednesday with Barcelona immediately releasing a statement informing everyone of their decision to appeal the ban in the next few coming days.

 Should they be unsuccessful in their appeal, the 31-year-old Spanish stopper will miss the next four league matches against Deportivo La Coruna, Rayo Vallenco Celta Vigo and Mallorca with reserve keeper Jose Pinto expected to deputise. 


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