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FC Barcelona News: 8 February 2014; Jordi Alba Appeal Again Rejected, Cristiano Ronaldo Ban Also Upheld

Stanley Chou

Jordi Alba appeal rejected | FC Barcelona
The Appeals Committee has rejected Barça’s appeal on Friday and Jordi Alba’s suspension stands. This means that the full back will be unable to play in Sunday’s game away to Sevilla. The player was sent off for two bookable offences in last weekend’s game with Valencia.

Pedro aware of importance of Sunday's game | FC Barcelona
"This game is of utmost importance" said Pedro Rodríguez in his Friday press conference. "We have a lot to play for. There is very little margin for error between now and the end of the season, we practically can’t afford to make any mistakes."

Focused on Sevilla | FC Barcelona
The first team’s next fixture is away to Sevilla at 9.00 PM CET on Sunday. Tata Martino has been training with all of the available players, although he already knows that Javier Mascherano will be out through suspension this weekend, while Jordi Alba’s presence in the Andalusian capital depends on the outcome of an appeal against one of the yellow cards he was shown against Valencia.

Quarterback Messi: the players turned their hand to American Football, rugby and handball | FC Barcelona
The warm-up before today’s training session was an unusual one. For a while, the players did an exercise that combined aspects of rugby, American football and handball. In the image, we can see that Leo Messi gave up his duties as a striker and instead tried out as a quarterback.

Carles Puyol makes daughter Manuela a member | FC Barcelona
After training on Friday morning, Carles Puyol headed for the Barcelona Supporters Services Office (OAB) to formalise the membership of his daughter Manuela, who was born on January 24. The Barça player was welcomed by the vice president of the Social Area, Jordi Cardoner, who presented his new-born daughter with membership card 163,612.

Four unforgettable nights at the Sánchez Pizjuán | FC Barcelona
Barça are away to Sevilla on Sunday, a ground where they have often has trouble in the past. In fact, they have only won there eight times in the last 24 years. Here we take a look back at some memorable clashes between Andalusians and Catalans at the Sánchez Pizjuán.

Three-match ban for Cristiano Ronaldo upheld - ESPN FC
Real Madrid's appeal against the three-match ban imposed on Cristiano Ronaldo after his sending off at Athletic Bilbao has been turned down. However, the club are set to take the case still further by petitioning a Spanish government body in a new effort to get the punishment overturned.

Ebert released by Real Valladolid | Football Espana
Real Valladolid have confirmed that Patrick Ebert has left the club and is now a free agent. The German midfielder had started the season so well, scoring three and assisting four goals in his first seven appearances. But after refusing to play in the Pucela’s match with Villarreal at the end of last month, the Jose Zorrilla outfit have confirmed that the 26-year-old’s contract has been rescinded.

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