Lionel Messi spotted confronting referee at half time over Lenglet's red card

Lionel Messi spotted confronting referee at half time over Lenglet's red card

- Lionel Messi was spotted confronting referee over Clement Lenglet red card in Celta Vigo's victory

- The Catalans recorded a 3-0 win in their second La Liga game this season

- The 33-year-old confronted the official in the tunnel demanding explanations why his teammate was handed a marching order

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Barcelona made it two wins out of their first two Spanish League games under new boss Ronald Koeman after a 3-0 victory over Celta Vigo at the Abanca Balaidos Arena.

A goal each from Ansu Fati and Sergi Roberto including an own goal from Lucas Olaza ensured the Catalans maintained their 100 percent start to the new season.

However, their victor did not come without some consequences as Clement Lenglet was sent off the pitch just three minutes before half time.

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The Frenchman was issued a second yellow card after elbowing Denis Suarez, but the decision did not sit well with the 33-year-old as he took the issue up with referee Del Cerro Grande.

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Having already protested the call on the field, Messi alongside Gerard Pique and manager Ronald Koeman again confronted the match official in the tunnel at half time as reported by The Mirror.

The referee was seen re-enacting the move that got Lenglet sent off in the 42nd minute of the encounter - showing how the defender used his arm to impede the opponent.

Koeman's men returned to the pitch for the remainder of the meeting with more purpose despite going one man down towards the opening half. They grabbed two more goals to secure their second win.

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The Dutchman after the match expressed satisfaction with the way his players responded to the red card that could have disrupted their plans for the rest of the meeting, he said:

"You can debate whether it was a yellow or not. It was a tough punishment. It's difficult being a referee. It's a decision we don't have to discuss.

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"It was more important to talk about how to play with a man down than to discuss that.
"I'm very proud of this team in today's match. We worked very well and played with a lot of discipline in the team, with one man down.
Lionel Messi spotted confronting referee at half time over Lenglet's red card

Lionel Messi listening to the explanation the referee has to offer after sending Clement Lenglet off. Getty Images.
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"We're doing a job good. These results invite us to think that we're on the right track." earlier reported that Barcelona have denied making contact with Manchester United over the transfer of Ousmane Dembele this transfer window.

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The Catalan club added that the 23-year-old World Cup winner is not going anywhere for now according to the club's sporting director Ramon Planes.

Dembele was earlier linked with a move away from the Nou Camp with Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool all interested in the player.

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