Espanyol are furious that Robert Lewandowski could play in Saturday’s derby after Barcelona secured a temporary injunction that put his three-match ban on hold.
Poland international Lewandowski was shown two yellow cards in the first half of Barca’s last match before the World Cup break – a 2-1 win at Osasuna on November 8.
The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) issued Lewandowski with an extended three-game punishment due to an alleged gesture made towards referee Jesus Gil Manzano after being dismissed, although the player said it had been aimed at his own coach, Xavi.
The full ban may yet apply, but for now it is on hold after “the dispute settlement court in Madrid issued a precautionary measure against the suspension imposed by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS)” on Friday.
Espanyol are unsurprisingly infuriated such a situation now renders Lewandowski – who has scored 13 goals in 14 LaLiga games this season – eligible to play at Camp Nou on Saturday.
Los Pericos suggested the decision threatens the integrity of the competition because the round of matches has already started, while they are bewildered why such a ruling has been given when Lewandowski’s sanction had been supported by three bodies: LaLiga, the appeals committee and CAS.
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