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Barcelona 3-0 Liverpool: Fan creates petition to get Lionel Messi banned for ‘punching’ Fabinho

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The petition on change.org already has more than 1,500 signatures

A petition has been created to get Lionel Messi retrospectively banned for ‘punching Fabinho in the head’ during Liverpool’s 3-0 defeat to Barcelona.

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.

The incident which led to Messi’s free-kick

The incident which led to Messi’s free-kick

But some fans have taken issue with the award of the free-kick, 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 change.org to create a petition titled: ‘Get Messi a retrospective ban for clearly punching Fabinho in the head.’

It reads: “So basically Messi gets a free-kick for punching Fabinho in the head and scores it, I feel like this needs to be looked at by UEFA.”

We’re not sure change.org is the best way to reach UEFA, however the petition could attract the attention of the UK government if it reaches 10,000 signatures.

Right now, it already has more than 1,500 signatures and counting.

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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