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FC Barcelona News: 24 September 2018; Barcelona Held by Girona, Malcom Given Medical Clearance

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Ten-man Barça held to derby draw (2-2) | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona dropped their first points of the LaLiga season on Matchday 5, in the Catalan derby against Girona at the Camp Nou. The Blaugrana played much of the game with ten men after a sending off for Clement Lenglet, but came back from behind for a 2-2 draw when Gerard Piqué headed in an equaliser.

Ernesto Valverde: The season has only just started | FC Barcelona
“It was a game that we had under control and then it slipped away from us. We managed to get the draw but turn the score around but the feeling is that the team gave everything until the end. The season is long and everything carries on.” That is how FC Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde described the duel that ended 2-2 between his side and Girona at Camp Nou.

Highlights of FC Barcelona - Girona | FC Barcelona
The first Catalan derby of the season ended in a 2-2 draw at the Camp Nou. Ernesto Valverde’s men started out dominating the chances, and Lionel Messi put them ahead on 18 minutes. Girona levelled before the break, following the sending of off Clement Lenglet, as Cristhian Stuani got a late equaliser.

Appeal against Clément Lenglet’s red card | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona will present an appeal to the Competition Committee for the red card shown to the player Clément Lenglet in the 34th minute of Sunday’s game at Camp Nou against Girona FC. The French defender was dismissed after a review using VAR and according to the referee’s report for ‘elbowing an opponent when both players were challenging for the ball.’

How long will Barça’s Clement Lenglet be suspended for? | Sport
The compteition Committee will meet on Tuesday to decide on the bans for the players sent off in La Liga this weekend: Theo Hernandez, Abdoulaye Ba, Parejo, Marcelino, Susaeta... and Barcelona defender Clement Lenglet. They would normally meet on Wednesday but as there are midweek games they have brought it forward.

Valverde, Busquets and Vidal criticise Lenglet dismissal | Goal
Ernesto Valverde, Sergio Busquets and Arturo Vidal were unanimous in criticising the decision to send off Barcelona defender Clement Lenglet after a VAR review in Sunday’s 2-2 draw against Girona.Lenglet was dismissed during the first half of his maiden La Liga appearance for Barca after clashing with Pere Pons, with Girona striker Cristhian Stuani striking twice to turn Sunday’s game around at Camp Nou.

Malcom given all clear as squad train on Monday | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona’s week started on a positive note, as Malcom received clearance from the medical team to return to full training. The summer signing has recovered from a lateral external ligament sprain to his right ankle, which had sidelined him since 3 September.

Messi will not attend The Best ceremony | Marca
The Argentine was expected to attend the gala which will crown one of Luka Modric, Ronaldo or Mohamed Salah as the player of the year, but he has now decided not to attend. Barcelona’s frustrating draw with Girona may have affected his decision.

La Liga ‘moving’ from football to entertainment - spokesperson | Football Espana
La Liga is ‘changing’ from ‘being a football regular into an entertainment provider’ as they seek to move matches abroad. Under president Javier Tebas, the Spanish top flight has struck a 15-year deal with Relevent Sports to play matches in the US while it has also stated it wants to move games to Mexico.

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