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Lionel Messi headbutts Roma defender as tempers flare in Barcelona win

Updated on: 07-Aug-2015 Views: 73 Views
Lionel Messi was at the centre of a headbutting controversy on Wednesday as Barcelona cruised to a 3-0 victory over Serie A side Roma in a pre-season friendly at the Camp Nou.

Lionel Messi headbutts Roma defender as tempers flare in Barcelona win




The Argentinian superstar, renowned for rarely losing his cool despite regularly being the target of brutal tackling, reacted angrily during a confrontation with Romas French international Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa.



Footage of the first half incident showed Messi aiming a headbutt at Yanga-Mbiwas after the Roma defender appeared to nod his head in the direction of the diminutive South American star.



A furious Messi grabbed Yanga-Mbiwa by the throat after clashing with the defender before other players rushed over to intervene.



Messi escaped a red card for the incident however, receiving only a caution from referee Javier Estrada Fernandez. Yanga-Mbiwa was also booked.



The flashpoint represented a rare loss of cool for Messi. The Argentine has never been sent off for Barcelona and has only ever been red-carded once -- on his international debut as a teenager in 2005.



Messi s anger soon subsided however as moments after the incident, he doubled Barcelonas lead, making it 2-0 following a superb flowing move involving Luis Suarez, Dani Alves and Neymar, who had scored Barca s first.



Ivan Rakitic made it 3-0 in the second half with a long range strike as Barcelona completed a routine win.



Barcelona kick off the defence of their Spanish league crown against Athletic Bilbao on August 23.




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