Filipe: Barca are protected…

Filipe Luis claimed Barcelona are predicted by officials after 10-man Atletico Madrid lost in the Champions League quarter-final first leg.

Fernando Torres gave Atleti the lead at Camp Nou but was sent off in the first half while Luis Suarez went on to score twice despite twice coming close to following El Nino for an early exit, one altercation involving Filipe.

“We started well until the unfair expulsion which determined a lot. We knew that could happen,” the defender said post-match, AS reports.

“I don’t know what game Robert Fernandez watched. It’s a shame. I’ve made strong statements about Lionel Messi in La Liga but I think Barca are protected.

“We’re punished with maximum rigour. It hurts. It causes an earthquake to eliminate Barca. That causes damage to UEFA.

“We were superior [11 vs. 11], playing our game, deep in defence and getting out on the counter-attack. Two cards waste the work of the week, good work.

“We’re still alive but with fewer options, because we lose Torres as well. It hurts. The locker room is unhappy. It’s hard to fight against the tide.

“I was sent off and crucified for just kicking Messi. What do they have to do to be sent off? Suarez’s was an aggressive act, a red card. I was crucified and rightly so, but this is punishable as well.”

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