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Luis Suarez suspended for FC Barcelona's match with Malaga

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 01:  Luis Suarez of Barcelona volleys during the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Manchester City FC and FC Barcelona at Etihad Stadium on November 1, 2016 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Tactical booking?

FC Barcelona will be without Luis Suarez when the Catalan club take on Malaga next weekend. The Uruguayan was booked towards the end of their match against Sevilla on Sunday night.

Suarez was in the spotlight after he scored in the 61st minute and that turned out to be the winner eventually. The striker was booked by the referee for dissent after he complained about the foul Carrico committed on him. 

It was his fifth yellow card collected by the striker this season and thus he will be banned for the next match. Barcelona play against Malaga at Camp Nou on Saturday, November 19th. Suarez will be back when FC Barcelona face Real Sociedad. The booking has come at the right time as this keeps him safe from missing the match against Real Madrid at home on December 3.

Suarez spoke to Spanish television after the game and acknowledged the fact that he will be safe for the El Classico. "The yellow came at a good time. To arrive clean at Anoeta and against Real Madrid." said the Uruguayan.

Neymar is the next player in danger of missing the El Classico. He’s picked up 4 yellow cards this season and will be suspended for the El Classico if he picks a yellow when they player Real Sociedad. If he picks a yellow card against Malaga, Neymar will be able to play in the El Classico as he will be suspended for the match against Real Sociedad.

Was Suarez's yellow card intentional?

It’s very common for players to pick up yellow cards before the ‘small games’ so that they can be safe to play in the big matches. It’s a very common practice in Spain especially. Players tend to randomly pick up a yellow towards the end of the game so that they can be free to play in the big matches.

During Jose Mourinho’s time at Real Madrid, Sergio Ramos and Xabi Alonso got booked deliberately in Real Madrid's 3-0 first-leg win over Galatasaray in the Champions League quarter-final. They did that because they would be suspended for the second leg instead of playing the reverse fixture and then getting suspended for the semi-final. 

David Beckham was also accused of doing the same when he was playing for England. He was set to be out for a month due to injury and so he got himself booked and thus he played out the suspension despite not being fit to play.

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