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22nd Apr 2024

Xavi calls El Clasico referee ‘a disgrace’ after last minute defeat

Callum Boyle

El Clasico

Xavi went full Nottingham Forest

Xavi has condemned the officials and labelled them a disgrace after Barcelona’s El Clasico defeat.

Barcelona were beaten 3-2 after Jude Bellingham’s stoppage time winner at the Santiago Bernabeu moved Los Blancos 11 points clear at the top of the table.

The away side were fuming with the decision not to award Lamine Yamal’s goal in the first half after the 16-year-old appeared to flick his effort across the line.

LaLiga doesn’t have goal-line technology and freeze frames of the supposed ‘ghost goal’ provided inconclusive evidence.

“I’m not going to say anything about the referee because I will be banned if I do but it was there for all to see,” Xavi said after the game.

“We were the better team tonight and we deserved to win.”

Xavi claims referee got everything wrong on the night

It wasn’t just the decision to not allow the goal that infuriated Xavi as he continued his assassination of the officials’ display.

He continued: “The referee did not get a single decision right. 

“It’s a disgrace and we should not remain silent. I hoped the referee would either go unnoticed or get his decisions right but it was neither of those two things.”

Barça had taken the lead twice in the game as Andreas Christensen opened the scoring before Vinicius Jr equalised with a penalty.

Fermin Lopez resorted the Catalan side’s lead in the 69th minute only for Lucas Vazquez to reply four minutes later.

Ultimately it would be Bellingham to have the final say on the night, ensuring that he has scored in every El Clasico encounter this season.

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