Luis Suarez has been handed a two-match Copa del Rey ban by the Spanish Football Federation after he was involved in a tunnel incident following the club's round-of-16 first leg clash against Espanyol.
The Uruguayan international, who starred during the Catalans' thumping victory on Wednesday, was involved in a scuffle with members of the Espanyol team.
In fact, referee Martinez Munuera revealed in his report that the unpredictable forward taunted his opponents.
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As it stands, Suarez will miss next Wednesday's return leg against Espanyol and won't be available for any potential quarter-final clash.
But Barcelona claim Suarez didn't use the alleged words. They have released the following statement on their website:
"FC Barcelona received notification on Friday from the Spanish Football Federation that striker Luis Suárez was to face a two-match suspension for taking part incidents between players from Barça and Espanyol in the tunnel leading to the dressing rooms following Wednesday's Copa del Rey last 16 first leg at Camp.
"FC Barcelona will immediately proceed to appeal the ban. If the sanction holds up, Suárez would miss the return leg next Wednesday and a hypothetical first leg of the quarter-finals, should Barça qualify.
"In the appeal, FC Barcelona is expected to argue that the player, as he later stated, did not use the allegedly offensive words that were attributed to him in the referee's official notes following the match."
Suarez has quite the reputation as a troublemaker, of course, but he has actually behaved fairly well since leaving Liverpool behind.
His World Cup antics were well documented at the time, but Suarez has done his talking on the pitch recently. With 15 La Liga goals, the dynamic striker is currently the leading scorer in the division.
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