Barcelona’s return to La Liga was far from a fairytale. The Catalans took on Getafe in their first game of the season last night and endured a frustrating 90 minutes at Coliseum Alfonso Perez.
The game eventually ended in a 0-0 draw with both teams having just ten players on the field. However, it was Barcelona who spent a significant amount of time playing a man down until Jaime Mata’s sending-off in the 57th minute.
Xavi Hernandez’s side faced a numerical disadvantage because of Raphinha’s rash foul on Gaston Alvarez which saw him earn a straight red card late in the first half.
Raphinha apologises for Getafe red card
According to reports from Achraf Ben Ayad, the Brazilian star has apologised to the team for his hasty foul that potentially cost the team two points.
He has also come out on his official Instagram handle to ask forgiveness from fans and the staff.
“I would like to apologize to my teammates, staff and fans. I was wrong and it could have cost the team more. Not the way I wanted to start the season.”
He also took complete accountability for the defeat and admitted that his error had massive repercussions on the result.
“I am aware and responsible for what happened last night, with mistakes we learn to improve and certainly I will improve with my mistakes.”
“A lot of you are criticising me now, but that won’t stop me from going my best for this T-shirt. I hope I can make up for my mistake in everything possible with and for this shield,” he added in his heartfelt note.
Criticising the Brazilian for his sending-off is rational, yet unwarranted. After all, Getafe’s physical approach to the game had several Blaugrana stars rattled and culminated in the red card.
Jose Bordalas’ men were ruthless in their fouls against Barcelona and jumped into challenges at the drop of the hat. The situation was out of the referee’s control and it is safe to say that his submissive attitude only worsened the situation.
In fact, Xavi Hernandez highlighted the same in his post-match press conference.
“The match was violent because the referee allowed them to foul us. For us they call everything, but they allow them to do anything they want,” the manager said.