Atletico Madrid chief executive Miguel Angel Gil Marin protested ‘football can’t be a dictatorship’ and ‘Barcelona don’t need help’ after Champions League defeat.
Los Colchoneros had Fernando Torres sent off after he had opened the scoring at Camp Nou and Gil Marin accused the officials of aiding La Blaugrana.
“Barca don’t need this type of help. Things like this take away the illusion of being able to compete on level terms,” he complained, AS reports.
“The efforts of the team doesn’t deserve something like that.”
Gil Marin went further, pointing the finger at Bayern Munich’s Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, who is head of the European Club Association, the Atleti CEO suggesting the German stacks the deck against some clubs.
“Rummenigge wants a semi-final between the ones who he believes are in charge and he ends up getting it,” Gil Marin continued.
“Football isn’t a patrimony of Europe’s big eight clubs. Football is for everyone and must be that way.
“We want the same laws of the game. If Torres is sent off, they have to apply the same rules to Luis Suarez. Football can’t be a dictatorship of the biggest teams.”