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Real Sociedad’s Asier Illarramendi believes Lionel Messi should have been sent off in their 1-0 Copa del Rey defeat to Barcelona on Thursday. 

The Argentinian received a yellow card for time wasting in the first half at the Anoeta Stadium but escaped a second for obstructing the midfielder as he attempted to take a quick free-kick. Per ESPN FC’s Samuel Marsden, Illarramendi said:

The offside against [David] Zurutuza is not offside and Messi…that’s always been a yellow-card offense.

If he’d been wearing another shirt he would have been sent off. But whatever, we have to pick ourselves up.

The win was Barca’s first at Sociedad in a decade.

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