Lionel Messi: Barcelona forward has yellow card rescinded

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Lionel Messi was booked in Sunday's 1-0 win at Valencia

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has had the yellow card he received in Sunday's 1-0 win at Valencia rescinded.

Messi, 27, was booked after he appeared to be struck on the head by a plastic bottle as he and other Barcelona players celebrated Sergio Busquets' late winner.

Barcelona's initial appeal was rejected by the Spanish football federation's (RFEF) competition committee.

However, a second challenge to a higher appeals committee was successful.

The RFEF said the committee had been unable to detect "deliberate time-wasting" on Messi's part but only "a normal reaction from someone who had suffered an aggression by a spectator".

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