Barcelona to appeal Mascherano booking

The Catalan side have declared an intent to try and wipe out the defensive midfielder's second booking, and avoid him having to serve a suspension as a result
Barcelona have announced on their official website that they have decided to appeal aganst the red card given to Argentina international Javier Mascherano on Saturday night.

The 28-year-old was given a second yellow card in the 49th minute of the Blaugrana's close 5-4 victory against Deportivo, as Barca battled their way to a hard-fought victory.

However, referee Jose Luis Paradas Romero described Mascherano's act as a "knocking down [of] an opponent while disputing the ball" in his post-match report, meaning that the Catalans may have to accept the punishment.