Robert Lewandowski is sent off in the Spanish league for the first time in almost a decade. The yellow-red card usually means a game suspension. But because the exceptional striker misbehaved when he left, there was a lookup.
The fact that Lewandowski does not only have to pause for one game, as prescribed for a yellow-red card, has to do with the departure of the striker: After being sent off, the exceptional striker discussed loudly with referee Gil Manzano, raised his index finger to his nose and then pointed on Manzano - expressing a "disapproval of the referee's decision", as recorded in the match report. For Lewandowski it was the first dismissal after more than nine and a half years. He last saw the red card in a Borussia Dortmund jersey on February 9, 2013 in the Bundesliga game against Hamburger SV.
On the way to half-time, substitute Gerard Piqué also took issue with the referee because of the goal conceded - obviously using the wrong choice of words: the 35-year-old was sent off and has now even been suspended for four games. However, the punishment is likely to be purely symbolic: the Catalan defender surprisingly announced earlier that he would end his long and successful career at FC Barcelona immediately.