Lionel Messi: Fans react after Barcelona captain appeared to have punched Sevilla star

Lionel Messi: Fans react after Barcelona captain appeared to have punched Sevilla star

- Lionel Messi appeared to have punched Diego Carlos during Barcelona's clash with Sevilla

- The fracas occurred during the first half of the match as the referee refused to punish Messi

- Messi was denied a shot on goal after his free-kick was cleared off the line by Jules Kounde

Lionel Messi has been dragged into a middle of a controversy after he was spotted on camera punching Sevilla star Diego Carlos.

Barcelona's night ended in frustrations as they played out a 0-0 draw with Sevilla and they dropped two vital points away from home.

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The main talking points of the game occurred was when Messi clashed with Carlos in the first half.

The Barcelona captain appeared to have hit the Brazilian defender who went down into down to the ground dramatically.

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Messi was not punished for the incident as fans took to social media to question the referee's decision for not showing him a yellow or red card.

Messi spotted punching Sevilla star during frustrating 0-0 draw, fans react
Lionel Messi appeared to have punch Diego Carlos and the referee did not punish him. Fans are not happy with the referee's decision. Photo Credit: Getty Images
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"So Messi can punch a guy in the face and get no yellow??" One social media user wrote.

A second tweeted: "Messi could punch someone straight in the face and the ref will just turn the other cheek."

A third added: "How is Messi still playing after that punch?"

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Meanwhile, had earlier reported that Gerard Pique became pessimistic about Barcelona's chances of retaining La Liga title after playing out a 0-0 draw at Sevilla.

The home side created more chances on goal as Marc Andre ter Stegen stood firm to keep La Blaugrana in the match.

Ter Stegen made massive saves from Jules Kounde, Munir El Haddadi and twice from Lucas Ocampos.

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The match produced many scoring chances but none of the sides would make them count in the entertaining encounter played at the Estadio Sanchez Pizjuan.

Sevilla almost got their noses in front in the 11th minute after a headed clearance fell kindly to Jules Kounde who took a shot but the ball went agonizingly wide.

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