Ujfalusi banned for 2 games for tackle on Messi

Atletico Madrid defender Tomas Ujfalusi has been suspended for

two games for the ugly tackle that injured Lionel Messi and will

sideline the FIFA player of the year for at least two games.

Ujfalusi was shown a straight red card after catching Messi’s

right ankle with his studs during injury time in Barcelona’s 2-1

victory on Sunday. The tackle sprained the internal and external

ligaments of his ankle, Barcelona said after an MRI scan on


Ujfalusi received the minimum ban Tuesday. The Czech center back

could have been suspended for up to a month by the Spanish league’s

disciplinary committee.

Atletico will be without Ujfalusi for matches at Valencia on

Wednesday and against Zaragoza four days later.