Lionel Messi and Barcelona fined a 780 euro for Maradona tribute

Published:7 December 2020

Lionel Messi and Barcelona

Lionel Messi and Barcelona were fined a combined 780 euros ($943) after Lionel Messi was shown a yellow card for lifting his jersey to pay tribute to the late Diego Maradona after his goal in 4-0 victory over Osasuna on Sunday.

Lionel Messi, who was fined 600 euros and his club was fined 180 euros, paid tribute to his late compatriot by taking off his Barca jersey to reveal a Maradona-owned Newell's Old Boys jersey, a gesture that was praised worldwide.

However when upholding the rules, the competition committee of the Spanish football federation showed a little sympathy, dismissing Barca's protest against the penalty and their suggestion that it should be waived as the gesture was a tribute to Diego Maradona.

The statement by the committee indicated that while it agreed that the gesture was a tribute, Article 93 of the Disciplinary Code stated that, regardless of the intent, a player should be punished for removing their jersey while celebrating.

The statement added that Lionel Messi could only have waived the penalty if he had been wrongly given the booking.

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