Espanyol has announced this Monday that "it has filed a complaint with the Royal Spanish Football Federation to challenge the match against Barça" for the alleged improper alignment of Robert Lewandowski, who despite being sanctioned with three games was able to play the derby from Barcelona after receiving the precautionary measure of ordinary justice.
"RCD Espanyol, as announced the day before the match, will use all the resources at its disposal to defend its interests and that of our fans, aware that this flagrant injustice puts the essence of our competition at risk and that this injustice is based on a hasty resolution and with evident legal deficiencies", explains the parakeet club in the statement, which achieved a valuable draw at the Camp Nou (1-1).
The blue and white entity also informs that "before the start of the match, the club notified in good faith both the referee of the match, Mr. Mateu Lahoz, and the RFEF itself about the presence in the rival eleven of the footballer Robert Lewandowski, who had to serve a sanction after his expulsion for a double yellow on the previous day of the national championship".
Lewandowski was sent off in the previous league game, against Osasuna before the World Cup break, and when he was leaving the pitch at El Sadar he made a gesture that increased his sanction to three games. The Pole put his index finger to his nose, which in his country means arrogance, and the Competition Committee interpreted that he was addressing the referee Gil Manzano.
Subsequently, Barça resorted to Appeal and the TAD, which dismissed the precautionary suspension, and ultimately the Barça club went to the Contentious Court of Madrid, which did grant it a precautionary measure to play against Espanyol and avoid "irreparable damage". in the event that the TAD finally resolves in favor of the Barcelona fans on the merits of the matter.
The court's preventive resolution came just 24 hours before the Barcelona derby, which particularly annoyed Espanyol, who described the decision as "unusual" and considered that "the requirements to justify the precautionary measure are not met." "There is talk of irreparable damage to FC Barcelona without going into assessing the irreparable damage to its rivals and to the competition without giving any possibility of recourse," denounced the parakeet club before the derby.
"We are analyzing the facts and we will defend our interests with all the resources at our disposal. Despite this injustice and this unprecedented decision in the competition, our team tomorrow will compete 110% to match the trust of our people," the statement concluded. . Espanyol later went to Competition, which could not enter to assess the issue before a resolution of ordinary justice.