Barcelona veteran Brazilian defender Dani Alves was suspended for two games after being sent off with a red card in his team’s match against Atletico Madrid in the La Liga on Sunday, the Spanish Football Federation’s disciplinary committee said on Wednesday.
The 38-year-old will therefore miss his team’s next two games against Espanyol in the Barcelona derby on Sunday and against Valencia on the 20th of this month.
Alves, who returned to Catalonia after transfers between Italian Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain, and Sao Paulo, was expelled in the 69th minute after he tackled from the back Atletico Madrid’s Belgian Yannick Carrasco, after the referee resorted to the Video Assistant Referee “VAR” to confirm the incident.
The Brazilian helped his team beat Atletico 4-2 in the 23rd stage, scoring the fourth goal and assisting the first goal of his colleague Jordi Alba, to snatch from Atletico last fourth-place after raising his tally to 38 points, two points above the fifth-placed club in the capital.
In the match referee’s report, Jesus Jil Manzano, the latter claimed that he had suspended Alves for “hitting the leg of his opponent (Carrasco) with his shoe without touching the ball”.