Watch: Fury from Barcelona after controversial penalty call is turned down

Barcelona slumped to a 1-0 defeat against Inter in the first of their Champions League double-header against the Italians, seriously damaging their prospects of qualifying from the group.

The main talking point, as much as Barcelona’s poor performance, was the handball controversy which occurred in the second half.

Initially, Pedri had the ball in the net during the second half, but it was eventually disallowed for handball. As Andre Onana palmed the ball out, it brushes Ansu Fati’s hand on its way to Pedri.

There was uproar after the match, as Denzel Dumfries seemingly got away without conceding a penalty for a very similar incident where the ball brushes his hand.

Speaking to Marca after the match, Barcelona manager Xavi Hernandez did not hold back.

“I am pissed off about the situation. I am indignant. We do not understand anything. If there is a hand from Ansu and another scores, it is a goal, and they disallow it. And the other cannot be understood. It is an injustice, the referees should speak and explain themselves because we don’t understand anything.”


“I said it yesterday. We feel like it was a great injustice. It is the referee who should come out and speak. And he goes off and nothing happens. We don’t understand it.”

Defender Sergi Roberto put forward a similar view to Marca after the match.

“They took a goal off us in an identical play [to Dumfries handball]. They whistle a handball on us and later the same play they don’t call. That is why I’m frustrated and for not managing the victory.”

“Every year they change it. Neither the players nor they themselves know what they call, I don’t understand it.”

Barcelona will have to shake off their sense of injustice swiftly as the matches come thick and fast. On Sunday they face Celta Vigo and then welcome Inter to Camp Nou for what is now a decisive fixture for their Champions League qualification, before facing Real Madrid the next weekend.


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  1. Welp, looks like it’s time for Barfalona to smear the ink on their books and sign another 250m of players next year and then raise taxes on the city to cover the costs, again. All while FFP looks the other way while collecting their cut.

  2. The fact that xavi is a professional lamenter isnt exactly groundbreaking news.
    Last year he blamed the Frankfurt fans because barcelona sold them more tickets (?) to camp Spotify and their cheering annoyed wittle woddle barcelona players.

    I wonder what he will blame this years EL adventure on? Grass being green?

  3. Someone should tell Xavi to stop creating Spanish national team and create competitive team for trophies.he did this same mistake in Munich and again in San siro.what kind of midfield combination is this whilst u have someone like kessie who can help the team in many aspects.two champions league defeat without balde starting. Xavi we are really tired of ur favourtism.we did this same mistakes in ur era without anything coming from it.and u came to continue the same can you play good football without ur era how many trophies did we won,all because of this same mistakes,because we always play good football whilst we will lost .we should’ve gotten 15 champions league by now but we always lost ,just look at Madrid they don’t give small teams chance in anyway,and look at their results 14 champions doesn’t matter if they don’t play good football,instead win is the most important thing because it will bring u trophies but not good football without trophies.u better has to change ur mind and do the right thing before you will be sack.we the fans are tired of excuses.and please Admin try to copy this message and send it to Xavi thank you

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