Barcelona's Javier Mascherano has received a two-match suspension following his red card in Sunday's La Liga clash with Eibar for verbally abusing a linesman, the Spanish soccer federation (RFEF) said on Wednesday. (FC Barcelona to Appeal Against Javier Mascherano Red Card)
The Catalan side were worried the Argentine would miss El Clasico against Real Madrid on November 21 if he had been hit with a four-match ban since Barca's squad is already stretched. ('Absurd to Think of FC Barcelona Playing in France League')
Referee Carlos Del Cerro Grande said Mascherano was dismissed for directing an insult, common in Argentina, towards the linesman but Barca appealed saying it was said in passing.
The suspension means the defender will miss Barcelona's league matches against Getafe and Villarreal.
Barca have suffered a series of injuries to key players including Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta and Rafinha.
The squad has also been hampered because the club have not been allowed to bring in players over the last two transfer windows due to a FIFA ban over the illegal signing of minors. (Neymar's Mother Cited in Transfer Fraud Case)
However, last season's treble winners are joint leaders of La Liga with Real Madrid on 21 points from nine games following their 3-1 win over Eibar and top their Champions League group.