"The referees should go out to talk. Today I'm outraged"
The Barça coach is furious with the decisions his team got against Inter Milan in the Champions League
FC Barcelona was denied a clamorous, scandalous penalty in one of the last plays of the match, and Xavi is furious. Denzel Dumfries's hand-ball was clear to see but no matter how much VAR talked with the referee Vincic, the call didn't change and everyone at Barcelona is burning with anger. In a hot press conference, Xavi went on a rant and pointed at the referee.
"If you ask me how I am, I am outraged. We don't understand it. If there is an Ansu hand, and another teammate scores, it's on the rulebook, but they call it. The other one can't be understood. I already said it yesterday. The referees should go out to talk. Today I'm outraged. It's an injustice", Xavi Hernández started.
Along the same lines, the FC Barcelona coach added: "We feel that it has been a great injustice. I cannot hide it. I am outraged. The referee leaves and nothing happens. Let him come out and give explanations. We do not understand anything. It is important that the referee came out here and gave explanations of what he has decided, as we players and coaches do. The decisions he makes are decisive, both the disallowed goal and the missed penalty".
To close his argument, Xavi remarked: "I asked him for an explanation because he was wrong, I'm outraged, he didn't want to talk to me and that would have humanized him. This is an absolute injustice". The Spanish coach was at odds with the refereing team all match long and even got a yellow card for his protests.
Another one who spoke about the refereeing was Eric García: "They explained to us that if the player who touches with his hand is the one who scores a goal, the goal is not counted, but if another player scores it, it is a goal. It is something that they have to clarify. I tell the referee to go look at it like he did in the first. These are decisions we can't control".
Now FC Barcelona will have three key games to qualify for the round of 16 of the Champions League and Xavi knows it: "In the first half we have not been at the level that the competition demands. We must demand more of ourselves, beyond the referee's indignation. In football, we need more pace, the second half was good, we had him there pressing, the first half wasn't good and we have to criticize ourselves, next week we'll have Inter at home and we have to win, a vital game, a final".