Barca back Roura ref comments

Barcelona spokesperson Toni Freixa has given the club’s backing to assistant Coach Jordi Roura, following his comments on the assigned Clasico referee.

Roura, speaking at the pre-match Press conference in the recovering Tito Vilanova’s place, commented on the club’s ‘statistical record’ when playing under official Alberto Undiano, who has been assigned to referee Tuesday evening’s Copa del Rey second leg semi-final with Real Madrid.

In response to the comments, Freixa explained the club’s position on the matter.

“Roura gave an objective view without addressing whether the referee is good or bad,” commented the club’s official spokesperson to Radio Marca on Monday evening.

“We are in 100 per cent agreement with Roura’s view. There’s a big difference with what [Jose] Mourinho says.”

Freixa was also asked of the reports that re-emerged yesterday morning that the club and its former Coach Pep Guardiola spied on players, including Gerard Pique.

“When we [President Sandro Rosell and company] arrived in 2010, we knew that the club had spent more than €3m in security, but we did not have the content of the work.

“Without denying the information, we are not aware if the information is true.”

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