Lionel Messi could be hit with a 12-match ban following his red card for violent conduct during Barcelona 2-3 Athletic Bilbao.
The six-time Ballon d’Or winner received the first sending off of his club career after striking Asier Villalibre on the back of his head on Sunday evening.
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Messi faces a ban of up to 12 games if the Spanish FA deem it a suitable punishment.
If the 33-year-old’s actions are thought to have been ‘aggressive’, then he’ll be banned for between four and 12 matches.