Barcelona coach Xavi Hernandez mentioned he was outraged at what he believed had been refereeing injustices after two handball selections went in opposition to his facet in Tuesday’s 1-zero Champions League defeat to Inter Milan.
Hakan Calhanoglu scored the one aim of the sport in first-half stoppage time, nonetheless the match resulted in controversy when Barca had an equaliser dominated out for handball earlier than they had been denied a late penalty when Denzel Dumfries appeared to deal with the ball contained in the realm.
Inter have six factors after three video games in Group C, three fewer than leaders Bayern Munich and three greater than Barca. Inter and Barca meet as quickly as extra subsequent Wednesday at Camp Nou.
“i am offended and indignant about what we have seen, it is an injustice,” Xavi fumed in a information convention after the sport on the San Siro.
“I mentioned it on Monday and that i have to say it as quickly as extra: the referees want to return out and clarify themselves as a consequence of i do not understand something.
“[The referee] did not want to current me a proof after the sport. Referees want to communicate; i am unable to focus on a name i’ve not made. For me, [the decisions were] crystal clear. i do not are aware of it in any respect.”
Pedri‘s 66th-minute would-be equaliser was dominated out as a consequence of of a handball by Ansu Fati inside the construct-up, although Xavi argued that, as a consequence of it was involuntary and Ansu was not the scorer, the aim ought to have stood.
Barca’s fury multiplied in stoppage time when a potential handball by Dumfries, taking the ball away from Ansu inside the discipline, was not given as a penalty. The play was reviewed by VAR, nonetheless the referee did not get acknowledged as to the pitch facet monitor, as he had achieved when cancelling Pedri’s aim.
“in case you are asking how i am, i am outraged,” Xavi continued. “i do not understand something. If Ansu handballs it [involuntarily] however one other particular person then scores, it is a aim. and additionally they disallowed it.
“As for the completely different one [Dumfries’ possible handball]… I simply do not understand. it is an injustice, i am unable to disguise it. The referees want to communicate.”
Inter coach Simone Inzaghi mentioned he did not see the incidents, preferring to give consideration to a memorable win for his facet, who obtained here into the sport on the again of a fourth defeat in eight Serie A video games.
“It provides us good confidence beating a group of this extreme quality,” he mentioned. “we truly needed it. i used to be feeling okay as a consequence of on Saturday [a 2-1 loss to Roma], I noticed good issues from the group, however with errors which in completely different matches wouldn’t have price us.”
Xavi additionally conceded that Barca should be self-vital after a second consecutive Champions League defeat left their potentialities of development to the final sixteen hanging inside the steadiness.
Inter had basically the greater of a scrappy first half, with Calhanoglu drawing a great save from Marc-Andre ter Stegen earlier than the house facet had a penalty overturned and a aim dominated out for offside.
Calhanoglu then gave Inzaghi’s facet the lead simply earlier than the break. Barca rallied inside the second half however might not break down the Italians’ cussed backline.
“We additionally want to be self-vital, past the refereeing selections,” Xavi mentioned. “we have to play greater, although we nonetheless deserved not decrease than a draw.
“however it is not the worst recreation we have performed this season. inside the second half, we had been good; inside the final half an hour glorious. We had them pinned again, we tried…
“the major half was not okay for a Champions League recreation. we have to be extra dynamic, faster and have greater ball circulation. Now we’re left in an uncomfortable state of affairs. we have three video games left, all finals, and two at house.
“i am frightened with regard to the defeat as a consequence of we have three factors, Inter six and Bayern 9. we’re in a tough place and we will not slip up as quickly as extra.”