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FC Barcelona News: 8 October 2019; Ousmane Dembele Mum on Red Card, Barcelona Confirm Victor Valdes Departure

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Todibo and Araujo debut at the Camp Nou | FC Barcelona
It was a day of defensive firsts at the Camp Nou on Sunday. With Clément Lenglet banned from playing against Sevilla after being handed a red card against Getafe, and Samuel Umtiti still injured, Jean-Clair Todibo partnered Gerard Piqué in central defence with Barça B’s Ronald Araujo replacing the young Frenchman in the second half.

Ronald Araujo, emotional after his Barca debut despite red card | Sport
Last night wasn’t just any other for Ronald Araujo. The Uruguayan defender, a regular B team starter, was handed his debut as a substitute against Sevilla when Jean-Clair Todibo got tired. However he ended up being cruelly sent off by Mateo Lahoz, who thought he fouled Chicharito when he did no such thing.

Messi’s legend keeps growing | FC Barcelona
The strike from Messi made it 4-0 and the victory over Sevilla means Barça can go into the international break on a high note with four consecutive victories. The Argentine’s goal also meant he reached another personal landmark, 100 goals from outside the area, 43 of them free kicks.

Messi tried to save Dembele: He can’t speak | Marca
Lionel Messi tried everything he could to precent Ousmane Dembele from being sent off against Sevilla on Sunday, even criticising his teammates level of Spanish. Dembele had said “very bad, you’re very bad” to referee Miguel Antonio Mateu Lahoz, which saw him dismissed.

Ousmane Dembele refuses to discuss Sevilla red card | Football Espana
Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele has reportedly declined to talk about his sending off against Sevilla. The French international was dismissed in the closing minutes of the 4-0 Camp Nou, after allegedly criticising referee Antonio Lahoz’s earlier decision to send off team mate Ronald Araujo.

Barcelona paid out 92 million euros in bonuses and add-ons last season | Marca
Barcelona paid out 92 million euros in bonuses and add-ons to their players for their successes in LaLiga Santander and the Supercopa De Espana last season. In total, the Catalan club spent 525 million euros on player and coach wages last season, with 417 million of that going to the players.

‘I think it’s rushed’ - Tabarez not writing off Suarez’s Uruguay career | Goal
Uruguay head coach Oscar Tabarez said it is premature to think Luis Suarez’s time with the national team is over. Suarez – who has earned 111 Uruguay caps – will miss international friendlies against South American rivals Peru on October 11 and 15 to undergo medical treatment in Barcelona.

Víctor Valdés no longer Barça U19A coach | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona have informed Víctor Valdés on Monday that he is no longer U19A coach and no longer employed by the Club. Franc Artiga, up till now coach of the U19B and part of the youth set up at La Masia since 2010, will take over as coach of the U19A.