Espanyol are furious that Robert Lewandowski could play in Saturday’s derby after Barcelona won a temporary injunction that suspended his three-match ban.
Poland’s Lewandowski received two yellow cards in the first half of Barça’s last game before the World Cup break, a 2-1 win over Osasuna on 8 November.
The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) has given Lewandowski a three-game extended sentence over an alleged gesture made towards referee Jesús Gil Manzano after being sacked, though the player said it was directed at his own coach Xavi.
A full ban could still apply, but has been put on hold for now after “a dispute settlement court in Madrid took a precautionary measure against a suspension imposed by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS)” on Friday.
Unsurprisingly, Espanyol are furious at this situation and now Lewandowski, who has scored 13 goals in 14 La Liga games this season, is eligible to play at Camp Nou on Saturday.
Los Pericos speculated that the decision threatened the integrity of the competition as the round of matches had already begun, while at the same time wondering why such a decision was made when Lewandowski’s sanction was supported by three bodies: La Liga, the appeal committee and CAS.