Robert Lewandowski was kicked off Tuesday night's game between Osasuna and FC Barcelona (1-2) after a little over half an hour by referee Gil Manzano with red money after hitting his opponent David Garcia with his elbow. The attacker is threatened with an aftermath.
Garcia put Osasuna ahead in the sixth minute from a corner, but despite being numerically inferior, Xavi's side fought back to eventually win 2-1 after goals from Pedri and Raphinha in the second half.
That is the good news. But the bad news for the Catalan club is that Lewandowski could now miss other important games against Atletico Madrid and Real Betis as well as the upcoming derby against city rivals Espanyol after the World Cup.
Lewandowski left the pitch after being sent off and expressed his displeasure with the decision by making a gesture with his fingers and nose, which was reportedly a message that the referee was a little "suspicious". The Pole was even spotted pointing at the referee as he left the pitch.
Should the Disciplinary Committee find Lewandowski guilty of questioning the integrity of the referee, he would face more than the usual one-game ban imposed for yellow-red - he could face a further three-game ban.
Former Atleti and Borussia Monchengladbach defender Alvaro Dominguez has tried to clear things up by explaining that in Germany, where Lewandowski played for Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich for 12 years, the gesture simply means 'arrogant'. Whether that will help the striker avoid another suspension remains to be seen.
Lewy wasn't the only FC Barcelona player to express his contempt for the referee. The outgoing Gerard Pique was also sent off in his last game after complaining to Manzano at half-time about some of the referee's decisions despite not having played.
This article was originally published on 90min.com/de as Robert Lewandowski faces extended ban for controversial gesture.