Barcelona launch appeal after Torres red card for wrestling match against Atletico

Barcelona have appealed the red card awarded to Ferran Torres for wrestling with Stefan Savic in Sunday’s 1-0 victory over Atletico Madrid.

WHAT’S HAPPENING? The season’s first ‘Otro Clasico’ played out in typically hostile fashion, with Ousmane Dembele’s fine finish the difference as Barcelona celebrated a crucial 1-0 win at the Metropolitano. Tempers flared at the end of the match, though, with both Torres and Savic receiving red cards from referee Munuera Montero for an off-the-ball grapple in stoppage time, a decision which the Catalan club have since appealed.

THE BIGGER PICTURE: That’s according to recent information from Spanish outlet Marca, who write that Barca’s legal team have reviewed the footage and have lodged a complaint to La Liga over the decision. A red card awarded for violent conduct could carry a ban of between four and 12 league games, meaning the Catalan club’s appeal will aim to limit the number of matches that Torres will miss.