Mateu makes a mess: two reds, 16 yellows, a penalty…

Barcelona Y Spanish They close 2022 with a Catalan derby not without controversy. It was running at minute 70 when Mateu Lahoz scored a penalty for Espanyol after Marcos Alonso stepped on Joselu inside the area. For Iturralde González, arbitration analyst for AS and Carrusel Deportivo, it is a success of the referee: “He steps on him, accidentally from behind, but he steps on him. It’s a penalty. The intention, although she was looking at him, does not count ”.

Joselu He was in charge of the eleven-meter launch that made it 1-1 after Marcos Alonso’s goal in the first half. The focus was on the Valencian referee due to the rain of yellow cards, a total of nine against Barcelona and seven against Espanyol, seven of those yellows along with the two reds for a double yellow to Jordi Alba and Souza occurred between 74′ and 80′. Time in which Edu Expósito, Ferran and Pedri were also reprimanded with yellow.

With a possible foul in favor of Barcelona in the 76th minute due to a tackle by Vinicius Souza, it happened to go in favor of Espanyol, at which time Mateu took Souza and Jordi Alba yellow. A minute later, he pointed a foul by Christensen when jumping over Joselu Y It was then that the second card for the Barça footballer arrived. When the Espanyol players saw that Alba was sent off, Darder’s reaction and Edu Expósito went to tell him that he was the second. Seeing the red one, Alba raised her hands to her head. Iturralde said about the action in which Jordi Alba was sent off: “He had not noticed and if he finds out, he will not be admonished. The one who addresses Jordi Alba first is Mateu. He is an excess of authority. It is one thing for the player to go, it is Mateu who goes where the player is. The one who addresses Jordi Alba first is Mateu”.

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The Spanish could finish with nine players if Mateu had sent off Puado for a hard tackle on Dembéléwhich cost Xavi a yellow card for the protests.

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