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FC Barcelona News: 19 April 2011; Zubizarreta Extends, Iniesta's Suspension Decision on Wednesday

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Club to appeal proposed Iniesta ban | FCBarcelona
The proposed sanction comes as a result of a report from UEFA match officials at the game, who have alleged that the yellow card was deliberately incurred so that the player would be suspended for the return leg. The UEFA disciplinary committee will make a decision on the case on Wednesday.

Abidal begins ballwork | LFP
Barcelona defender Eric Abidal is taking steps in his rehabilitation following his recent operation to remove a tumor from his liver. The Frenchman turned up at the club’s training ground on Monday and completed several laps of the pitch as well as a spot of work with the ball.

Jose Pinto to start for Barcelona in Copa del Rey final against Real Madrid - report | Goal
Experienced goalkeeper Jose Pinto will start for Barcelona in the Copa del Rey final against rivals Real Madrid on Wednesday evening, AS reports. The veteran shot-stopper has mainly been warming the bench in Catalunya since joining from Celta de Vigo in the summer of 2008, but he has been first choice in all domestic cup games this term.

Valencia to make bid for Barcelona's Martin Montoya - report | Goal
Barcelona are said to be considering a bid of €3 million from Valencia for their highly-rated full back Martin Montoya, reports from Spain suggest. According to publication Sport, a buy-out clause exists in the player's contract, and with the stopper enduring limited oppurtunities at Barca, the 20-year-old is thought to be considering a future away from Camp Nou.

Barcelona extend Zubizarreta deal | ESPN
Barcelona have taken up the option of an automatic renewal on the contract of sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta for a further two seasons until summer 2013. The existing deal stipulated that the Primera Division champions could opt to prolong the 49-year-olds's deal at any time before June 15, 2011.

Sell Fabregas! Groves says Wenger should let Arsenal captain join Barcelona | Daily Mail
Fabrgeas was below his best on Sunday, and Groves believes it's time for Wenger to cash in on his captain and spend the money freshening up the squad. 'If Barcelona come in for Cesc Fabregas at the end of the season, if you get 40 or 50 million for him, I'd actually let him go,' Groves told talkSPORT.

'Barcelona were superior to Real Madrid and Jose Mourinho's team had no personality' - Blancos' legend Alfredo Di Stefano | Goal
"The football Barcelona played at the Bernabeu was simply brilliant. Their superiority was clear," Di Stefano is quoted as saying by Sport. "Madrid played against a Barcelona side who dominated the midfield throughout the whole game.

Mourinho faces tactical dilemma | Eurosport
Mourinho's decision to convert Pepe from centre-back into muscular midfield destroyer with two other holding midfielders was his major tactical change on Saturday and the player he sacrificed was Mesut Ozil. The stylish German, however, turned the game with his darting runs and clever passes when he came on as a late substitute and Mourinho is likely to include him on Wednesday, perhaps at the expense of a recognised number nine.

Casillas: Real desperate for cup win | ESPN
"It is a very important trophy for Real Madrid and we cannot afford to not win it for 17 years," Casillas told the club's official website. "It will be even more important if we do win it. It is vital. I have not won it in the 11 years I have been here.

Ferguson checks on De Gea | Sky Sports
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson dispatched his most trusted scout, his brother Martin, to keep further tabs on goalkeeping target David De Gea on Sunday. Martin Ferguson was present in Barcelona on Sunday to see Atletico Madrid draw 2-2 with Espanyol.

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