Barcelona President Lambasts Real Madrid and VAR After Controversial Almeria Clash

Joan Laporta and Xavi Hernandez Speak Out Against Refereeing Decisions in La Liga Drama

In the aftermath of Real Madrid’s contentious 3-2 comeback win over Almeria, Barcelona president Joan Laporta has joined the chorus of critics questioning the integrity of the refereeing decisions that shaped the game. Laporta labeled the events at the Bernabeu as a “shame,” adding his voice to the growing concerns about refereeing partiality in La Liga.

The Merengues secured a dramatic victory, coming from behind to claim the three points and cement their position at the top of the table. However, the manner of their win sparked controversy, with three VAR decisions favoring Real Madrid and leaving Almeria players and fans crying foul play.

In a recent interview via Mundo Deportivo, Laporta expressed his dissatisfaction with the refereeing in the Real Madrid game, suggesting that the arbitration collective needs to respond to pressures throughout the season. He stated, “If they don’t give an answer, they leave us very restless because we understand that there is an abandonment of functions.”

Laporta’s comments, however, carry a degree of irony, given his involvement in the Negreira scandal and allegations surrounding referee bribery. The Barcelona president’s criticism of Real Madrid’s result is now subject to debate, considering his own controversial history.

Xavi Hernandez, the Barcelona manager, also addressed the issue in a post-match press conference following the Blaugranas’ 4-2 victory over Real Betis. Hernandez did not mince his words, describing the league as ‘difficult’ to win with such officiating. He pointed out instances where VAR decisions had let his team down, citing penalties in Vallecas against Raphinha, Joao’s goal in Granada, and other pivotal moments.

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“If we speak up, they sanction us, but everyone has seen it. It’s going to be very difficult to win this league,” Xavi emphasized, highlighting the frustration with refereeing decisions that have impacted Barcelona’s campaign. The manager stressed that these are not mere excuses but the harsh reality faced by his team in crucial moments throughout the season.

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