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Monday December 11 2017
Calleja: Raba red wrong decision

Villarreal Coach Javier Calleja believes Dani Raba’s challenge would not have received a red card if he was a Barcelona player.

The 22-year-old Villarreal midfielder was shown a straight red card for the foul on Barca’s Sergio Busquets midway through the second half.

“Let me put it like this – if a Barcelona player had committed that foul, it would not have been a red card,” Calleja told reporters after the game.

“I have not seen replays of the incident but I got a good view of it from the dugout and it did not look like it was a red card from my viewpoint – it was part of the midfield battle.

“It is a shame as we were managing the game and doing well but the dismissal was the turning point in the match.

“Ruben Semedo’s injury? We will need to do some assessments on him this week, we hope he is not badly hurt as we have a lot of absentees.”

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