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Yuri Berchiche suspension adds to Athletic Bilbao’s problems

Yuri Berchiche suspension adds to Athletic Bilbao’s problems

Yuri Berchiche has been suspended for three games after an altercation with the referee during the 3-2 defeat to Atletico Madrid.

The full-back, who signed from Paris Saint Germain in the summer – was sent off following Diego Godin’s late winner at the weekend as he complained about several decisions, including the use of VAR for Atleti’s third and decisive goal.

Following various disciplinary meetings at the RFEF (Spanish Football Federation), it has now been confirmed by the Basque club that the defender will miss the next three league games.

Athletic have been struggling this season under coach Eduardo Berizzo and sit deep in the bottom half of the table at present.

Just one win in their opening 12 games, which came on the opening day of the season – has been followed by seven draws and four defeats.

Having led twice inside the Wanda Metropolitano thanks to goals from Inaki Williams, Athletic failed to defend their lead when the lively attacker had left the field and saw Diego Simeone’s side take all three points.

Question marks have began to rise over Berizzo’s reign at the San Mames, but it seems he will continue past the international break.

On La Liga’s return, Athletic host Getafe looking to bounce back.