Ousmane Dembele is set to miss the season’s first El Clasico against Real Madrid on October 26th after receiving a two-game ban for being sent off in the 4-0 victory against Sevilla over the weekend.
The 22-year-old appeared to approach referee Mateu Lahoz after his teammate Ronald Araujo was sent off for bringing down Javier Hernandez, and he reportedly said the words “your very bad, very bad” in Spanish.
Lahoz was clearly offended by Dembele’s comment and showed him a straight red card. He also put the comment in his post-game report, and AFP reported that the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) disciplinary committee upheld his red card and added that the Frenchman had displayed an "attitude of contempt or disregard for referees."
The two-game suspension will mean that Dembele will miss the game against Eibar on October 19th as well as the top-of-the-table clash with Real a week later.
Lionel Messi could be heard telling the referee that Dembele does not know how to speak Spanish after the send-off, but Lahoz refused to reverse his decision.
Gerard Pique will also miss the clash against Eibar after receiving a one-game ban for picking up his fifth yellow card of the season. Araujo was also given a one-match ban for his red card.
AFP reported that Barcelona released a statement that said, "FC Barcelona has decided to appeal the sanctions imposed by the disciplinary committee to both Ousmane Dembele and Ronald Araujo."