Barca get special treatment, fumes Torres after red card

UNFAIR? German referee Brych (left) showing a red card to Torres (right). Torres raged that referees were not treating Atletico equally to Barca, citing Suarez's kick out at Juanfran, which went unpunished.


    Apr 07, 2016

    Barca get special treatment, fumes Torres after red card


    FERNANDO Torres raged that Atletico Madrid are not treated equally to Barcelona by referees after his early red card turned their Champions League quarter-final first leg around on Tuesday.

    He had put Atletico in front at Camp Nou before seeing two quick-fire yellow cards to leave the visitors a man light for over an hour.

    Luis Suarez finally converted Barca's relentless second-half pressure into a 2-1 lead as he struck twice in 12 minutes.

    However, Atletico were enraged as, unlike Torres, Suarez escaped punishment for a kick out at Juanfran and an off-the-ball incident with Filipe Luis.

    "There shouldn't have been cards. If it had been the other way around, then they wouldn't have been given," Torres told Spanish radio station Cadena Cope.

    "With 11 (men), we would have won without any doubt."

    And the former Liverpool and Chelsea striker claimed Uefa have its priorities wrong after making both sides play in their away kits to avoid a colour clash.

    "Uefa worry about making us change shirts but they didn't appoint a referee that is up to the level of the Champions League quarter-finals."

    Luis went even further by implying Uefa is scared of Barcelona not reaching the final.

    "I don't know what Barca players have to do to get sent off just like us," he told Spanish TV station MEGA.

    "You can tell there is fear that Barca will be eliminated."

    The Atletico players' choice of words could prove costly, should Uefa feel the need to impose bans on those who have launched attacks on German referee Felix Brych.

    Coach Diego Simeone was more measured in his criticism and was happy to escape Catalonia with the tie still in the balance.

    "There were more than two incidents involving Suarez," he said.

    "I can't say what I think but I am not angry with Fernando (Torres) for sure.

    "We had a great first-half; in the second, we tried to limit the damage as much as possible for the game that is still to come."

    Barca boss Luis Enrique was understandably less sympathetic towards Torres.

    "Both of Torres' two yellow cards are clear," he said.

    "They may have been unintentional but they are clear." AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE