Barca decide against appeal
By Mark Kendall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The Catalan club were understood to have made initial presentations to the Appeals Committee against referee Dauden Ibanez's decisions, but opted against launching an official appeal.
Sources at Barcelona revealed that the new board of the club, led by president Joan Laporta, had decided on a policy of only appealing against decisions in which they felt there was an overwhelming chance of success.
After initial talks with the Appeals Committee it became apparent this was not the case with both Cocu and Motta, and further action was discounted.
The news means that Barca boss Frank Rijkaard is left with real headaches in midfield for this weekend's clash with Valencia as both Cocu and Motta will serve their one-match suspensions for the game.