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Marcelino in the stands for Barcelona game

Valencia boss Marcelino will be forced to sit out his side’s Sunday evening clash with Barcelona due to suspension.

The 52-year-old was caught up in controversy last weekend against Espanyol after appealing a decision from referee Alejandro Hernandez Hernandez.

The Mestalla based side beat Quique Sanchez Flores’ Espanyol 2-0 thanks to goals for Santi Mina and Geoffrey Kondogbia.

Whilst Los Che appealed the decision that saw him sent to the stands; it is not confirmed that he will miss the next two La Liga fixtures.

“Having evaluated the visual and written allegations presented by Valencia CF, we consider that what was written in the game report by the referee is compatible with what occurred,” the Spanish FA’s Competition Committee said in a statement.

“Therefore, the allegations have been rejected and we confirm the two-match ban to Marcelino Garcia Toral and fine him €600 while the club is fined €700.”

Marcelino will now be in the stands at the Mestalla on Sunday evening when his side face league leaders Barcelona.

Valencia sit four points off their Catalan visitors; having remained unbeaten so far this season and they know a win would move them to within one point of Ernesto Valverde’s side.

Marcelinho, formerly of Villarreal – will also miss December’s game with Getafe.

Visitors Barcelona come fresh of the back of a 0-0 with Juventus in the Champions League, where they rested Lionel Messi and Jordi Alba.

Valverde’s side are also unbeaten and sit a massive 10 points ahead of bitter rivals Real Madrid, meaning a win would give them a huge boost in their title hopes this season.

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