Atletico’s Luis gets three-game ban for Messi horror tackle


MADRID: Atletico Madrid left-back Filipe Luis has been handed a three-game ban for his dangerous challenge on World Player of the Year Lionel Messi in Saturday’s top of the table clash won 2-1 by Barcelona. Luis was shown a straight red card just before half-time for catching Messi on his left knee with his studs, sparking wild protests from Barca boss Luis Enrique. “The challenge scared me,” Enrique said after the game. However, Atletico claimed the suspension was excessive and announced their intention to appeal.


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