Before heading into the World Cup break, the Polish striker was shown two yellow cards in the last league match between FC Barcelona and Osasuna, which resulted in an automatic suspension in the following league match, and was given a ban for two additional matches for his gestures as he walked off the pitch.
However, the Administrative Court of Sports based in Madrid suspended the three-match ban only hours before the ball was to be kicked off for the Barcelona derby, which allowed Lewandowski to participate in the game against Espanyol.
This was a big boost for La Blaugrana, as they have relied mainly on the Polish forward for goal-scoring duties this season, and Barcelona’s opponents, Espanyol, may justly have felt aggrieved by this decision. Lewandowski has already scored 13 goals and given 4 assists in La Liga and was expected to be one of the deciders of the fate of the game before it began.
Espanyol filed a written appeal with the Competition Committee to bring their concerns about Lewandowski playing in the derby forward, and claim that they had raised the issue with Mateu Lahoz and RFEF both before the match started.
The Competition Committee turned down Espanyol’s complaint regarding Lewandowski’s participation as the matter was already under consideration in a higher court.
As per the recent reports from Mundo Deportivo, The Administrative Court of Sport (TAD) has rejected FC Barcelona’s appeal to dismiss Robert Lewandowski’s 3-match suspension after a meeting today. The Polish striker will miss the league games against Atlético Madrid, Getafe, and Girona.
If the recent reports from Spain are to be belived, it seems that Barcelona will not file another review petition against TAD’s decision and Lewandowski will serve the 3-match ban.