The Competition Committee has imposed a three-game ban on Barcelona striker Robert Lewandowski in relation to the incidents in the Blaugrana’s game against Osasuna.
The Polish striker was sent off and continued to argue vociferously with the referee afterwards.
His behaviour was deemed to have been disrespectful and showing contempt for the referees, hence the longer ban than is usual for a double booking.
Gerard Pique, a substitute, was sent off for his protests in the same game and has been hit with a four-game ban.
This is likely to be purely symbolic as the Catalan defender has announced his retirement.
Lewandowski was deemed to have made various disrespectful comments and gestures towards the referee.
The striker, for his part, has claimed that the video footage is misleading and that the gesture where he touches his nose was not aimed at referee Gil Manzano.
Lewa misses key games
The sanction in Pique‘s case may be meaningless for Barcelona, but Lewandowski‘s ban could hit them hard.
It means the No.9 will miss key LaLiga Santander games against Espanyol, Atletico Madrid and Getafe after the World Cup.
He will, however, be able to play in the Supercopa de Espana semi-final against Betis, which takes place between the trip to the Metropolitano and the visit of Getafe.