Ujfalusi banned two games for tackle

Tomas Ujfalusi received a two-game suspension for the ugly

tackle that injured Lionel Messi and will sideline the FIFA player

of the year for at least two games.

The Atletico Madrid defender was given a red card after stepping

on Messi’s ankle while the Barcelona forward was running at full

speed during injury time in the Spanish champion’s 2-1 victory on

Sunday. The tackle sprained the internal and external ligaments of

Messi’s right ankle, Barcelona said after an MRI Monday.

Ujfalusi received the minimum ban Tuesday based on the league’s

disciplinary committee ruling. he could have been suspended for up

to one month.

Atletico will be without the Czech Republic defender for matches

at Valencia on Wednesday and against Zaragoza four days later.