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Messi appeal loss despite bottle strike


Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi

Barcelona's appeal against Lionel Messi's yellow card for time wasting after he was hit on the head by a plastic bottle in Sunday's La Liga game at Valencia has been rejected by the Spanish soccer federation.

Messi (r) was celebrating Barca's 94th-minute winner with his team mates near the corner flag at the Mestalla stadium when the bottle was thrown from the stands.

The referee said in his match report the card was shown because Messi "delayed his return to his half of the pitch after the goal was scored with the intention of wasting time".

Valencia vowed to ban the bottle-throwing fan from the Mestalla for life once the person had been identified.