Torres: Referees, not shirts!

Fernando Torres claimed UEFA need to get their priorities in order after he was sent off in Atletico Madrid’s Champions League defeat to Barcelona.

Torres opened the scoring at Camp Nou but didn’t make it to half time after two yellow cards, Atleti angry that he was dismissed while Luis Suarez’s infractions escaped punishment.

“UEFA is very concerned with changing shirts, but they haven’t sent a referee who is up to a Champions League quarter-final,” AS quotes El Nino as saying after Europe’s governing body insisted both clubs wear their away kits in fear of a colour clash.

“Did they decide my expulsion? We’ll never know. By the game, I shouldn’t have been [sent off]. I’ve played games at this level where it has been conducted in another way.

“It hurts me to experience it personally. It’s one of my worst days as a player but anything is possible at Vicente Calderon.

“I’m sad to have left the team with 10, responsible for the team not winning. It could be a card, it might not be.

“The first booking affects you a lot. It could be a card, but it could have been avoided.”

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