Robert Lewandowski was handed a three-game ban when Barcelona locked horns with Osasuna in their final league game of the first half of the campaign.
The forward was given a one-game ban for receiving two yellow cards and a two-match ban for a gesture that was deemed to be inappropriate by the referee
Lewandowski’s three-game absence could have serious repercussions for Barcelona, considering the forward has been one of their best performers this season. He is expected to miss the games against key opponents such as Espanyol and Atletico Madrid.
According to Diario SPORT (h/t FCB World), Lewandowski was extremely disappointed with the referee’s decision to award him the first of the two yellow cards. He believes it was unwarranted and something that should have been overturned.
There are reports that Barcelona are trying to lodge an appeal over the Pole’s three-game suspension, particularly because of the gesture that attracted a two-match ban. Lewandowski says the gesture was meant for Xavi, with Barcelona also confident that the images can help them reduce the ban.
While they might be able to overturn the two-game suspension, repealing the two yellow cards could be next to impossible. Hence, the forward, one way or another, may have to settle for at least a one-game suspension.
Lewandowski, though, is currently focusing on the upcoming FIFA World Cup. He is set to play a vital role for his country Poland, who have been drawn up against Saudi Arabia, Mexico and an Argentina side led by former Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi