Barcelona boss suspended for two matches

Xavi was sent off in Barcelona's 3-0 win over Atletico Madrid

Atletico Madrid v FC Barcelona - LaLiga EA Sports
Atletico Madrid v FC Barcelona - LaLiga EA Sports / Mateo Villalba/GettyImages

Barcelona manager Xavi Hernandez was sent off during the Catalan side's 3-0 win against Atletico Madrid over the weekend.

As a result, Xavi has been suspeneded for two matches, meaning he will miss the games against Las Palmas and Cadiz.

Xavi has had a propensity of picking up yellow cards this season following boisterous disagreements with referee decisions. Barcelona's struggles have certainly played a role in the way he's acted and reacted on the touchline.

As expected, Xavi did not believe he deserved to be sent off.

"The referee said he sent me off for my gestures. I didn't say absolutely anything," Xavi said after the game. "I'm always respectful. If I make gestures it's because I'm very passionate.

Initially, Barcelona were not going to appeal because they considered it a "waste of time." However, the club did end up submitting an appeal. It was feared the suspension could have been three games which would have seen Xavi suspended for the match against Real Madrid.

He avoids missing El Clasico with only the two-match suspension.


His brother, Oscar Hernandez, took over when Xavi was sent off and he'll likely take charge for the next two games. The suspension won't carry over to other competitions, meaning Xavi will be on the touchline for the Champions League quarterfinal clash against Paris Saint-Germain.

Xavi is in his final months in charge following a decision to leave the club at the end of the season.