Tuesday April 23 2013
‘Sevilla hurt two games straight’

Unai Emery took to his official website this week to complain that officiating has proven the difference between winning and not for Sevilla.

Los Nervionenses followed up last week’s 3-3 draw at Real Betis with a 1-0 home defeat to Atletico Madrid.

Atleti’s winner came through a build-up of play that included a Mario Suarez handball missed by the match officials.

For Sevilla’s Coach, it was the second game in a row that refereeing has affected the result. Last week saw Gary Medel sent off for a clash with Jose Canas, where the Andalucians felt Medel acted no worse than Canas.

“I am outraged and feel helpless. Even more so after what also happened in the derby last week too,” wrote Emery this week on his blog.

“It was an even game, close, but in which we have created more. However, the three points have gone to the opponent through a mistake by the referee, whilst Diego Costa has been permitted in terms of his simulations and provocations.

“We are angry because this is two straight games, two games in which the team has done a great job and deserved more.

“We pushed but we failed to find those gaps and create many chances, but we still had more than Atletico.

“Therefore we feel powerless because whatever we say the points are not ours. So we have to look forward and believe that we can win the next two games straight to continue our fight.”

Football Italia website