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FC Barcelona News: 22 October 2018; El Clasico Referee Named, Badge Redesign Plans Dropped

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Sanchez Martinez appointed as Clasico referee | Marca
This season’s first Clasico is approaching with Barcelona hosting Real Madrid at the Camp Nou on Sunday evening and Murcia referee Jose Maria Sanchez Martinez will be in charge of the game. Sanchez Martinez oversaw the Christmas meeting between the two last season, which was played out on December 23 and saw Barcelona emerge with a comprehensive 3-0 victory at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Messi, out for three weeks with a fractured arm | FC Barcelona
Tests carried out on the first team player Leo Messi have confirmed that he has a fracture of the radial bone in his right arm. He will be out for approximately three weeks. Despite 4-2 win against Sevilla at Camp Nou, it has not all been good news this Saturday. The Barça captain Leo Messi had to be substituted in the 26th minute after falling awkwardly in midfield and injuring his arm.

Life without Leo Messi: No need to panic FC Barcelona
Leo Messi is, quite simply, the GOAT. So it goes without saying that it’s a huge blow whenever he is out of action, as will be the case for the next three weeks after the Argentinian fractured his arm against Sevilla. That could be as many as six games without our star player. But don’t fret too much. A glance at the history books shows that Barça have generally managed to cope quite well whenever he has been missing.

Barcelona rubbish prospect of Neymar return | Goal
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu insists that the club have no plans to re-sign Neymar. Reports in Spain continue to speculate that the Catalan club are interested in bringing the Brazil international back to Camp Nou from PSG, to whom they sold him in August of 2017.

Diego Maradona backtracks on Lionel Messi ‘toilet’ criticism | ESPN
Diego Maradona attempted to defuse his controversial comments about Lionel Messi by claiming his friendship with the Barcelona and Argentina forward is “bigger than anything that journalists can write.”

Barcelona drop plans to redesign badge after furious fan reaction | ESPN
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu said the club will not move ahead with plans to change their badge after the proposal was met with anger by supporters. Barca presented a redesigned crest in September, with the removal of the letters “FCB” among the minimal changes.

Vinicius Junior banned for El Clasico match | Football Espana
Vinicius Junior will not be available for Real Madrid in next weekend’s El Clasico against Barcelona after being sent-off for diving. The Brazilian scored a magnificent late free-kick for Castilla against Celta Vigo B – a goal which secured a draw – before being sent-off minutes later for a dive.

Mauro Icardi’s goals for Barça | FC Barcelona
Mauro Icardi will play at the Camp Nou this week for Internazionale, and the game will be a special one for the Argentinian international. It is a return to Barcelona for the striker, who was part of the youth setup at Barça from the summer of 2008 through to January of 2011.

Montiel is the latest Argentine starlet to catch Barça’s attention | Sport
Barcelona scouts will not only be watching young River Plate forward Exequiel Palacios on Tuesday, but also one of his teammates, the right-back Gonzalo Montiel. According to some Argentine media reports, Barça will be at River’s game against Gremio de Porto Alegre this week to keep an eye on Montiel.