Barcelona - Barcelona striker Luis Suarez was on Friday banned for two Copa del
Rey matches after being cited in the referee's report for calling
Espanyol players "a waste of space" at the end of a heated Catalan
Barcelona said they would appeal the ban, arguing that it was not Suarez who uttered those words.
won the first leg of the Copa de Rey last-16 tie between the sides 4-1
on Wednesday as Espanyol had two players sent off and were lucky to
escape further punishment as goalkeeper Pau Lopez's violent stamp on
Lionel Messi went unseen.
Suarez, who was also booked for a clash
with Lopez, was punished for sparking a brawl in the tunnel after the
game that security personnel had to break up.
"Whilst all the
Espanyol players climbed the stairs in the tunnel towards the dressing
rooms, he (Suarez) waited for them and confronted them saying on various
occasions: "Here I am waiting for you, come here; you are a waste of
space," referee Juan Martinez Munuera wrote in his report.
provoked a clash between players from both clubs forcing security
personnel present and the managerial staff from both teams to
Suarez's controversial career has seen him receive
four long bans - three for biting opponents and once for allegedly
racially abusing French defender Patrice Evra during his time at
Yet, the Uruguayan's behaviour since joining Barcelona
18 months ago has been exemplary and the suspension meted out Friday was
his first since the four-month ban he received for his latest bite on
Giorgio Chiellini at the 2014 World Cup.