LUIS ENRIQUE NOT CONFIDENT OF OVERTURNING SUAREZ RED CARD

Luis Enrique is not confident of having Luis Suarez’s suspension overturned after the Barcelona forward was sent off as the Copa del Rey holders reached the final by winning the semi finals on 3-2 aggregate.

The Uruguay international opened the scoring prior to half-time, before he was shown a second yellow card after an aerial challenge with Koke in the closing stages, having also seen team-mate Sergi Roberto sent off.

Luis Enrique, however, does not fancy Barcelona’s chances of having Suarez available for the decider on May 27.

“I’m in agreement with appealing, but if you look at the past you will see what good appeals have been for us,” he said.

“[The final is] not until May, there’s a long time to think about that [who would replace Suarez].

“It frustrates me that players on my team miss finals, but at the end of the day it’s something which happens in football. The referee felt that both Suarez and Roberto deserved two yellow cards.

“I was about to take Roberto off because of the booking he had. He’s made three challenges and he’s been given two cautions. We felt he could maybe get a second, but we didn’t react quick enough.”

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