Dembele to miss Clasico as Barcelona winger gets two-game ban

Barcelona will be without Ousmane Dembele against Real Madrid after the winger was banned for two matches for his red card against Sevilla.

Ousmane Dembele has made three La Liga appearances this season.   -  Getty Images

Ousmane Dembele will miss the first Clasico of the season after being handed a two-match ban by the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF).

The Barcelona winger was sent off in the closing minutes of the 4-0 LaLiga win over Sevilla last Sunday after confronting referee Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz, who had just given debutant Ronald Araujo a red card for a foul on Javier Hernandez.

According to the referee's match report, Dembele said to him, "Very bad, you are very bad", as Barca players surrounded him to argue against Araujo's dismissal.

Barca appealed against Dembele's red card but the RFEF has dismissed its case and given the France international a two-game ban. He will therefore sit out the trip to Eibar on October 19 and then the visit of Real Madrid to Camp Nou on October 26.

Araujo has been banned for one game, as has Gerard Pique, who has collected five bookings this season. Both will be available to face Madrid.

Dembele has made three La Liga appearances this season and scored his first goal of 2019-20 in the defeat of Sevilla.

Barca is two points behind league leader Real Madrid after eight matches.

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