Barcelona president approached referees following 3-1 defeat against Real Madrid
FC Barcelona’s recent encounter with Real Madrid was full of emotions as the Catalans narrowly lost the game 2-1.
Xavi Hernandez has already pointed out the differences between the two sides in the post-match press conference, while Jules Kounde has admitted that Barcelona should have fouled Toni Kroos during the lead-up to Real Madrid’s first goal.
But in a recent revelation (h/t Gerard Romero), it appears Joan Laporta had an interaction with the referee, with the Barça president reportedly going down to the referee’s dressing room to seek answers to some of his decisions during the game.
The ref's official act confirms that Laporta went down to the referee dressing room. pic.twitter.com/OpLOv8S83L— Barça Universal (@BarcaUniversal) October 16, 2022
Referee Sanchez Martinez was indeed the hot topic of this El Clasico, with the 56-year-old raising many eyebrows for his decision to not award Barcelona a penalty around the 78th minute when Robert Lewandowski was brought down inside the box.
Martinez also overturned his decision own decision in the 91st minute, giving Real Madrid a late penalty. He adjudged Eric Garcia’s tackle on Rodrygo a foul, even though it appeared to be a soft touch.
In the aftermath of the defeat, Joan Laporta had gone to the referee’s room to seek clarity for some of his decision. This was confirmed by the referee’s official act after the game.
This incident caps off a hectic and rather frustrating week for Laporta, who was reportedly furious with Xavi as well, shortly after Barcelona’s midweek draw with Inter Milan in the UEFA Champions League.
With Laporta’s project slowly crumbling down even after major investments in the summer, it is about time Barcelona get their act together and return to winning ways.
The Catalans are set to continue their La Liga campaign on Thursday when they play hosts to Villarreal.