Barça's Lewandowski's three-game ban upheld by disciplinary panel

Barça's Lewandowski's three-game ban upheld by disciplinary panel

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The striker will sit out the first three league games after the World Cup

Barcelona's appeal to have Robert Lewandowski's three-game ban overturned has been rejected. 

Lewandowski was sent off in Barca's final game before the World Cup after picking up two yellow cards in the 2-1 comeback win over Osasuna. 

The Polish striker received a one-game ban for the red card and an additional two-game ban for a gesture he made as he left the pitch. 

Lewandowski and Barca argued the gesture was meant for coach Xavi Hernandez due to a conversation they had previously about being careful when on a yellow card. 

However, the refereeing team and the subsequent disciplinary panels have deemed it to have been a gesture against the official who sent him off. 

The forward, Barca's top scorer this season, will miss the derby against Espanyol on Dec. 31 and the trip to Atletico Madrid a week later. 

He will then be available for the Spanish Super Cup in Saudi Arabia but will have to sit out the league game against Getafe upon Barca's return from the Middle East, 

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