Lionel Messi's four-match international ban for swearing at an assistant referee was "unfair and totally disproportionate", his Spanish club Barcelona said Wednesday. "FC Barcelona expresses its surprise and indignation at the decision by the FIFA Disciplinary Committee to suspend Leo Messi following the FIFA World Cup qualifying fixture between Argentina and Chile," Barca said in a statement.
Neymar leads Brazil to qualification with win over Paraguay | FC Barcelona Neymar lead Brazil to qualification for the World Cup in Russia next year with an excellent performance in the 3-0 for la canarinha over Paraguay in São Paulo. The Barça striker captained the team for the first time since March of last year and scored the second in Brazil’s first win over the visitors for almost eight years. Mixed day for Barça's internationals | FC Barcelona Spain earned a 2-0 win at the Stade de France on Tuesday night, in a match containing five Barça stars. Jordi Alba, Gerard Piqué, Sergio Busquets and Andrés Iniesta started for Spain, against Samuel Umtiti at the heart of the French defence. FC Barcelona
Barcelona will have to prove they are not dependant on Lionel Messi when the champions visit Granada on Sunday without their suspended Argentine talisman as they seek to keep La Liga leaders Real Madrid in their sights. Messi, who is serving a one-match domestic ban having accumulated five yellow cards, has scored 41 goals in all competitions this term for Barca and has been at his mesmeric best in recent weeks. While Granada, who 19th in the standings and hurtling towards relegation, still believe it would take a near-perfect performance to cause an upset, the stats show Barca are vulnerable without their main man.