The date of publishing: Saturday 03 February 2024, 17:07
Update date: Saturday 03 February 2024, 17:25
FC Barcelona officials spoke about the constant pressure exerted by Real Madrid on the referees through the television channel.
“I said that I don’t like that they try to influence the referees and that they do it every week, I don’t like that. I think it distorts the competition a little bit. The referees are conditioned, we see that.”said Xavi in a press conference.
Carlo Ancelotti’s reaction after the Catalans’ insinuations
Before the clash with Atletico Madrid, the Italian technician was asked about the claims made by Xavi.
The coach gave a simple answer, leaving no room for interpretation: “I’m a professional and as such I don’t want to go down to that level, out of respect for Spanish football. So don’t ask me about it anymore, I don’t want to go down to that level”.
This season, before every match played by the Madrid team, Real Madrid TV presented compilations of the referees assigned to the matches to be played and the refereeing errors made against Ancelotti’s side. Several names in football have spoken out, saying that Real is thus putting pressure on the referees, and from here come many decisions made in favor of the Madrid players.