Atletico Madrid Defender Tomas Ujfalusi Could Receive Up To 12-Match Ban For Lionel Messi Challenge

Atletico Madrid defender Tomas Ujfalusi could face up to a 12-game suspension in wake of Lionel Messi tackle.
Atletico Madrid defender Tomas Ujfalusi could be hit with up to a 12-match ban for his ill-timed challenge on Lionel Messi during Sunday’s 2-1 defeat to Barcelona at the Vicente Calderon.

The Czech stopper stamped on the Argentine’s ankle in injury time and received a straight red card for his actions from match referee Borbalan Fernandez.

The official remarked in his match report: “He [Ujfalusi] came in from a height on the ankle of an opponent without the option to play the ball. The player needed medical assistance and had to be replaced.”

Given the nature of Fernandez’s report coupled with the administering of a straight red card, the Competition Committee have a key decision to make in respect of the length of ban offered to the 32-year-old.

Article 115 allows the disciplinary body to order a suspension of between one and three matches, or utilise Article 97, which allows punishment of four games up to a maximum of 12 games.

Article 97 is referred in cases that “occur in a violent manner with an opponent during the game, resulting in harmful consequences that are considered serious by its very nature”.

Ujfalusi has since apologised for his tackle, but the committee will convene today to decide which course of action to take against the defender.

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