Petition To Ban Lionel Messi for Champions League ‘punch’ passes 2,500 signatures

Barcelona 3-0 Liverpool: Petition to ban Lionel Messi for Champions League ‘punch’ passes 2,500 signatures
Eagle-eyed Liverpool supporters believe the Argentine superstar struck Fabinho around the head during Wednesday’s first leg clash
A petition to ban Lionel Messi for allegedly ‘punching’ Fabinho during Liverpool’s 3-0 defeat to Barcelona has passed 2,500 signatures.

The Argentine illuminated the first leg of the Champions League semi-final with a brace, featuring a magical free-kick to leave the Reds needing an Anfield miracle next week.

But some fans have taken issue with the awarding of the set-piece, claiming it was actually Messi who committed the foul.

Fabinho was adjudged to have blocked Messi’s run as the Barcelona star tried to play a one-two with Luis Suarez.

The Liverpool midfielder was booked for getting in Messi’s way, but some supporters have argued that, instead, the Argentine launched himself at Fabinho.

As Messi seemingly tries to hurdle the challenge, his hand appears to make contact with the face of Fabinho, who went down holding his head.

And one Liverpool fan felt so aggrieved by the decision, they took to to create a petition titled: ‘Get Messi a retrospective ban for clearly punching Fabinho in the head.’ is not sure is the best way to reach UEFA, however the petition could attract the attention of the UK government if it reaches 10,000 signatures.

As of Friday morning, it already has more than 3,500 signatures – a total that’s rising all the time.And after a brief scroll through Twitter, it’s clear to see why.It seems as though many Liverpool fans felt cheated by the little Argentine:

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