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Mascherano gets two-game ban, free to face Madrid

Thursday, October 29, 2015 9:42:13 AM America/Los_Angeles

Barcelona will be able to call on Javier Mascherano for next month's clash with Real Madrid after the Argentinian received just a two-game ban for the red card against Eibar, the club confirmed.

Mascherano was sent-off seven minutes from time in Barça's 3-1 win over the Basque minnows on Sunday by referee Carlos del Cerro Grande for a comment regarding the official's mother, according to the referee's report. The former Liverpool man will be absent for Saturday's visit to Getafe and a home match against Villarreal on 8 November.

Mascherano could have been banned for at least four games had the comment been deemed as a grave insult, which would have meant him missing the trip to Madrid on 21 November.

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu said the club would not appeal the decision despite vice-president Jordi Mestre claiming earlier in the week it was a "moral and legal obligation" to defend their player.

"We respect the decision the competition committee has taken. We accept the two-game ban and therefore we are not going to appeal," Bartomeu told sports daily Marca ahead of Barça's Copa del Rey tie with Villanovense on Wednesday.

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