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FC Barcelona News: 28 August 2015; Gerard Pique Ban Upheld, Lionel Messi Named Best Player in Europe

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Gerard Pique fails in appeal over ban for insulting linesman - ESPN FC
Barcelona defender Gerard Pique's appeal against his ban for insulting a linesman during the recent Spanish Supercopa defeat to Athletic Bilbao has been turned down, meaning the centre-back will still miss his team's upcoming La Liga games against Malaga, Atletico Madrid and Levante.

Leo Messi UEFA Best Player in Europe | FC Barcelona
It had to be him. Leo Messi has been chosen as the UEFA Best Player in Europe and as such takes the award that he won back in 2011 in its first year of existence. The Argentine received 49 votes, beating Luis Suárez (3)and Cristiano Ronaldo (2) to the prize with Neymar finishing in fifth place.

Flying high, FC Barcelona with hands full following UEFA awards gala | FC Barcelona
The FC Barcelona delegation that flew to Monaco to attend Thursday's UEFA gala returned to Barcelona the same evening steeped in satisfaction after having lived yet another historic day for the Club. During the ceremony, Barça were duly acknowledged for their five European Cups won throughout its history, while Lionel Messi received UEFA's awards for Best Player in Europe.

Bayer Leverkusen, AS Roma and BATE Borisov group stage opponents | FC Barcelona
Bayer Leverkusen, AS Roma and BATE Borisov will be FC Barcelona's opponents in group E in this season's Champions League. Luis Enrique's team will begin the defence of their title and the road to Milan - the venue for this season's final - and their first challenge will be against the sides from Germany, Italy and Belarus in the group stages.

Tickets on sale for Champions League group stage matches at Camp Nou | FC Barcelona
On Thursday 27 August from 9pm CET, tickets for FC Barcelona’s Champions League group stage matches at the Camp Nou against Bayer Leverkusen, Roma and BATE Borisov will go on sale. The first 24 hours will be exclusively for members only, who also get a 20% discount on the original ticket price. Tickets can then be purchased by the general public from Friday 21 August, at 9pm CET.

President Bartomeu highlights Barça's key role at draw in Monaco | FC Barcelona
The FC Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu revealed that in Monaco there was a "great Barça atmosphere". The tribute to the Club for its five Champions League wins with the presence of Andoni Zubizarreta, Juliano Belletti, Carles Puyol, Éric Abidal and Andrés Iniesta, the awards of UEFA Best Player in Europe and Best Goal of the Champions League for Leo Messi and the award for Save of the Season for Ter Stegen meant there was a blaugrana tinge to proceedings at the draw.

FC Barcelona's trip to Monaco | FC Barcelona
The FC Barcelona delegation arrived in Monaco on Thursday afternoon to attend the UEFA gala. The club representatives who have made the journey are president Josep Maria Bartomeu, Lionel Messi, Andrés Iniesta and Luis Suárez, who landed in Nice then made the short journey to the Principality at 2.00pm CET.

FC Barcelona make final tune-up ahead of Málaga match | FC Barcelona
In getting in their final preparations before Saturday's home opener in La Liga, FC Barcelona trained on Friday morning on Field 2 at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper, the team's last session prior Málaga's visit to Camp Nou on Saturday.

Lionel Messi: I never said I’d quit Argentina - Goal.com
Lionel Messi has hit out at reports he was set to take a break from international football after failing to lift the Copa America with Argentina earlier this year. "I never said that I wasn't going to play any longer with the national team," Messi told ESPN Radio.

Sergi Roberto to fill the Barca void vs Malaga - ESPN FC
From the roll call of club legends trotted out on stage to the tribute videos and prizes for Lionel Messi and Marc-Andre ter Stegen, there was a distinct Barcelona tinge to Thursday's Champions League draw.

David Babunski withdrawn from U21 team | Macedonian Football .com
Earlier today, the Macedonian federation wrote on its website that David Babunski has been withdrawn from the U21 squad for the two upcoming fixtures against Ukraine (qualifier) and Australia (friendly). The reason given was that Barcelona B plays a game during the same day when Macedonia U21 was supposed to face Ukraine.