Barca appeal again over Vilanova ban

Barca appeal again over Vilanova ban

Published Aug. 29, 2012 1:00 a.m. ET

Barcelona have confirmed they will appeal for a second time after coach Tito Vilanova was handed a two-match ban on Wednesday for his red card in Sunday's Primera Division victory over Osasuna

Vilanova, taking control of only his third competitive match since replacing Pep Guardiola, was sent to the stands in the 70th minute of the match for what the referee's report claimed was "angrily protesting a play during the match after being warned by the assistant referee".

Barca appealed against the ruling after Vilanova claimed he was only calling for a foul, but the Spanish football federation (RFEF) today gave him a two-match ban.

Barca, who face Real Madrid in the second leg of the Spanish Supercopa at the Bernabeu on Wednesday night, subsequently announced they will lodge another appeal against the decision.


Meanwhile, Real Madrid defender Fabio Coentrao has been given a four-match suspension by the RFEF for comments he made to the referee during his side's 2-1 defeat at Getafe when the unused substitute was sent from the bench late on.