Spanish side, Barcelona, say they will appeal against the suspension and subsequent two-game ban handed captain, Lionel Messi, by the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF).
Messi was banned for two games after being sent off for the first time for his club during their Spanish Super Cup defeat.
The 33-year-old forward, in his 753rd appearance for Barca, appeared to swing at Athletic Bilbao’s Asier Villalibre in the final seconds of extra time.
The incident was spotted by the VAR and Messi was shown a red card.
Messi would have faced a sanction ranging from four to 12 matches had the RFEF’S disciplinary committee described the incident as ‘aggression’.
Instead it was reported as ‘violence during play’, which is punished with a two to three-game ban.
The two-game suspension means Messi is set to miss Thursday’s Copa del Rey last-32 tie at Cornella and Sunday’s La Liga match away to Elche.
With Barcelona trailing 3-2 after leading twice, Messi lashed out at goalscorer Villalibre off the ball in the 120th minute of Sunday’s match.