Lionel Messi raging at the referee over Clement Lenglet's red card

Barcelona's Lionel Messi

Barcelona's Lionel Messi

"Barcelona will present an appeal to the Competition Committee for the red card shown to the player Clement Lenglet in the 34th minute of Sunday's game at Camp Nou against Girona", a statement read.

Lenglet was making his first start in La Liga after a summer move from Sevilla and his elbow on Pere Pons was judged to be worthy of a red card.

"We were both going 100 percent for the ball and it's true I got hit but when I got up I said sorry to Lenglet and gave him my hand because we had been awarded the foul after we collided and at first I thought I had committed the foul", Pons told reporters.

"There is a third person that decides, VAR. I didn't notice the impact from his elbow".

Lionel Messi gave Barcelona an early lead on Sunday, but the defending Spanish champions had to come from behind to earn a point in a 2-2 draw against Girona after going down a man in the first half and and a goal in the second.

Gerard Pique rescued a point shortly after but Barcelona couldn't grab a victor as their opponents secured a famous result in Catalunya.

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"We played incredibly well here and it annoys me that the only thing everyone is talking about is that incident", added Pons.

It has to be kept in mind that Barcelona had an unfamiliar midfield because Arthur Melo and Arturo Vidal were playing alongside Sergio Busquets, but that seemed to have little effect on the quality of the attacking play.

"Maybe there's contact, you can see that in the images, but the ball's on the ground and the movement Clement makes is a natural one", he said at full-time.

"It's the first sending off where the player fouled apologises", Ernesto Valverde said in his post match press conference.

The loss of points means that Barcelona are back level with Real Madrid on 13 points from the opening five games of the season but Valverde's side have a two goal better goal difference so stay top. VAR has to be used in the correct way and with consistent criteria.

"We tried, we had the draw and we looked for victory".

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