The Barça claims against the referees

Marcos Alonso and Sergio Busquets, with referee Slavko Vincic. / afp


The Barça team considers that the Slovenian Slavko Vincic was decisive in the defeat against Inter

Barcelona ended Tuesday’s game against Inter in Milan (1-0) with a monumental anger. The team led by Xavi Hernández did not understand the work of the Slovenian referee Slavko Vincic, who did not award a Denzel Dumfries handball as a penalty in the final moments of the match and did call an Ansu Fati handball in the Italian team’s area prior to a goal of Pedri. Those two plays, which ended in a cross for the Catalans, were the main controversies of a new night of European terror for Barça.

“I am outraged, we do not understand anything. If there is a hand from Ansu Fati and another player scores, it’s a goal. And the other (the Dumfries penalty) is not understood. The referee should explain why he hasn’t whistled, but he leaves and nothing happens. It has been a great injustice, ”said Xavi minutes after seeing how that play ended in borage water. Earlier, the San Siro stadium held its breath as Dumfries clearly handballed a cross into the box from Sergi Roberto.

That move, which occurred in the 90th minute, is the one that definitively outraged a Barcelona crowd that attended the final decision stunned. Slavko Vincic did not go to the monitor to see the possible hand of Dumfries that the VAR warned him about and decided to continue the game based on the fact that the ball hits the Dutch player’s head first and, therefore, the hand is preceded by a rebound , in which case it would never be sanctioned as the maximum penalty. This is where the indignation of Barcelona grows, since they consider that in no shot it is appreciated with certainty if that contact exists.

It is not the only play in which Barcelona felt harmed. Minutes before, another ball into the Inter area ended with a bad start by Onana, an involuntary hand by Ansu Fati and Pedri scoring the goal that, at that moment, meant the tie. Slavko Vincic annulled the goal, a decision that did not convince the Catalans either. “I don’t know exactly the goal that they annulled us… the referees explain to us that if the one who scores the goal hits him with his hand, it is not valid, but if it is from another teammate, yes,” assured Eric García after the clash.

At Barça they consider that it is already raining on wet. Against Bayern Munich in the previous round of the Champions League, an internship by Ousmane Dembélé ended with the Frenchman brought down in the area by Alphonso Davies. On that occasion the maximum penalty was not awarded and Xavi decided not to excuse himself in that decision after the defeat. “Everyone thinks it’s a penalty, but I never talk about the referees,” said the Catalan coach.

The plague of injuries continues

Despite the outrage over the two arbitrations, Barcelona have decided not to extend a formal complaint to UEFA. The culé entity weighed this possibility on Tuesday night, but this Wednesday, with more calm, they stopped this option and decided to turn the page immediately to focus on a key phase at the Camp Nou in which they will try to maintain the leadership in the League against Celta and then take a step forward in the Champions League by beating Inter Milan to regain second place.

The defeat is not the only bad news that Xavi brought to Milan on Tuesday. The Barça coach saw in situ how the plague of injuries plaguing the team was increased by the physical problems of Christensen and Kessié. The Danish central defender withdrew suffering from a sprained left ankle, while the Ivorian midfielder has a strained adductor in his right thigh. These two casualties join those of Araujo, Koundé, Bellerín, Memphis Depay and Frenkie de Jong, who is still between cotton balls and with his sights set on the match against Celta on Sunday.



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