MES-TAKE Lionel Messi faces up to 12-match ban for first Barcelona red card as Spanish media demand legend apologises

LIONEL MESSI is facing up to 12 games out after his red card shame in the Spanish Super Cup.

And Spanish media have demanded the Barcelona superstar apologise for his sending off.

Lionel Messi is facing a four-game ban for his Spanish Super Cup red card

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Lionel Messi is facing a four-game ban for his Spanish Super Cup red cardCredit: Rex Features

Messi was sent off after his tensions boiled over and he lashed out at Asier Villalibre

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Messi was sent off after his tensions boiled over and he lashed out at Asier VillalibreCredit: Rex Features

The Argentine was given his marching orders after lashing out in the dying seconds of a dramatic Super Cup final against Athletic Bilbao.

With Barcelona desperately searching for an equaliser, Messi’s frustrations boiled over when Asier Villalibre attempted to block his run.

The referee watched the incident on the VAR monitor and showed no hesitation in brandishing a red card to cap a miserable night for Barca.

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Koeman won the Super Cup three times as a player for the Catalan giants but was on the touchline to see his side throw away the trophy with just minutes to play.

And Messi could be banned for up to 12 Spanish games in a blow to Barcelona’s La Liga bid.

The Catalan giants are seven points behind leaders Atletico Madrid – who have two games in hand.

Athletic Bilbao won the Spanish Super Cup in extra-time

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Athletic Bilbao won the Spanish Super Cup in extra-timeCredit: EPA

Marca report that Messi will miss this week’s Copa Del Rey tie against Cornella and the next round of the Spanish Cup.

If Barca are knocked out by the minnows, then it will be three La Liga games that Messi misses.

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But they also report that an incident so severe could land him up to 12 games suspended.

Marca also published an article overnight with the headline “Messi, you should apologise”.

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