Barcelona boss Xavi SLAMS referees after their 1-0 defeat to Inter Milan


‘This is an injustice:’ Barcelona boss Xavi SLAMS the referee after 1-0 defeat to Inter Milan leaves the Catalan giants’ Champions League hopes in the balance… as Pedri’s goal is ruled out before Spanish boss claims his side were denied a ‘clear’ penalty

  • Barcelona lost 1-0 to Inter Milan in the Champions League on Tuesday evening 
  • Pedri equalised before the goal was ruled out for a handball in the build-up
  • Xavi’s side also thought they should have had a penalty late on for a handball 
  • The Spaniard was heavily critical of the referee and fumed after the match 

Barcelona coach Xavi called for referees to have to explain their decisions post-match after he felt his side were robbed in Milan.

Slovenian match official Slavko Vincic ruled out a Pedri goal for handball against Ansu Fati having checked it pitch side, but then opted not to go to the pitchside monitor when it appeared Denzel Dumfries had handled in his own area.

‘I’m annoyed. This is an injustice and we have no comeback,’ said the Barcelona coach.

Xavi has slammed Slovenian match official Slavko Vincic after Barcelona’s defeat to Inter Milan

The Barcelona boss fumed after Pedri had a goal ruled out before they were denied a penalty

The Barcelona boss fumed after Pedri had a goal ruled out before they were denied a penalty

Xavi felt that Barcelona should have had a penalty late on when Denzel Dumfries handballed

Xavi felt that Barcelona should have had a penalty late on when Denzel Dumfries handballed

‘The referee should have to give explanations. I shouldn’t have to. It’s a clear handball. I’m really angry.’

Barcelona players were stunned that the Dumfries incident was not checked. Eric Garcia also complained that Fati’s handball was unavoidable with the ball coming to him from close range after Andre Onana cleared.

‘We now have three finals to play,’ said a dejected Xavi. ‘We are in an uncomfortable position. They have six points, we have three, and Bayern have nine.

‘We had our chances but we couldn’t take them and they scored with a shot from distance – we knew that was one of their strengths.’

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Slavko Vincic ruled out Pedri’s goal for handball against Ansu Fati having checked it pitch side, but then opted not to go to the pitchside monitor when it appeared Denzel Dumfries had handled in his own area

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