- Xavi Hernandez has lamented about the 'shocking' referee decisions during his side's narrow defeat to Inter Milan in the Champions League
- Xavi's Barcelona risk exiting the group stages for the second successive season after back-to-back losses in Europe
- Meanwhile, the Catalan giants are preparing to lodge a complaint to UEFA over the officiating 'injustice' meted out to them by referee Slavko Vinčić
Outraged Barcelona manager Xavi Hernandez did not hold back in airing his opinion about officiating during his side's Champions League tie with Inter Milan on Tuesday night.
Xavi's charges stumbled to back-to-back defeats in the Champions League following their 1-0 loss to the Serie A side amid concerns of bad officiating.
The Blaugrana felt they were served a raw deal by referee Slavko Vinčić, who chalked off Pedri's late equalizer after a VAR review in conjunction with waiving two penalty appeals.
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Speaking after the encounter, Xavi, who remonstrated on the touchline called out the referee to explain his 'dodgy' decisions.
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“I’m angry. The referees should come out and explain their decisions because we don’t understand anything.” He said via Barca News.
“I asked the referee to explain his decisions after the match and he refused. What we lived today is injustice,” he further added.
Sharing his thoughts on Pedri's goal, the 42-year-old trainer said: “they told me that Pedri’s goal should have counted. It is a legal goal.
“In Pedri’s goal, after Ansu accidentally touches it, the rule says that a new play starts from that moment. So it should be considered a legal goal.”
“The referee left and said nothing. I’m outraged. We don’t understand. That is the word, outraged.”
Barcelona to lodge an official complaint to UEFA over poor refereeing decisions during UCL loss to Inter Milan
Barcelona preparing to lodge a complaint about refereeing injustice in Inter game
Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Barcelona are appalled by the refereeing decisions that happened in their shock 1-0 loss to Inter Milan in the Champions League and are set to take the matter to UEFA.
Hakan Calhanoglu’s first-half goal proved to be the difference between both sides as Barcelona succumbed to their second consecutive loss in the Champions League group stage.
Barcelona had a goal chalked off after Pedri’s strike was ruled out for handball while the referee also waved aside two penalty appeals from the Catalan giants in the game.
Source: Sports Brief News