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Accusations against referees are not uncommon, especially in Spanish football. It is very clear to Lionel Messi that the referee really wanted to show him a yellow card on Sunday evening, which would have been devastating for FC Barcelona.
Lionel Messi is of the opinion that the referee responsible for the match between FC Barcelona and Real Valladolid (1-0), Santiago Jaime Latre, wanted to warn him on Monday evening.
“He really wants to show me a card … ufff, unbelievable,” Messi complained to Barça employee Carlos Naval during half-time in the dressing room. “We have to win this, however we can do it. We have to shift up a gear, play with more rhythm.”
For Messi, it would have been the fifth yellow card this season, which would have made him miss Saturday’s Clasico at Real Madrid (9 p.m.). For Barça, the superstar’s failure to participate would have been a major setback.
La Pulga has been in absolutely outstanding shape for months. Since the turn of the year, the 33-year-old has recorded 23 goals (16 goals, 7 assists) in the championship alone.