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One of the actions that could determine the match between FC Barcelona and Athletic, which the Catalans won with a solitary goal from Rakitic, was a strong stomp from Leo Messi on Yeray Álvarez.
It was the 68th minute of the match. Messi went to the race to pick up a ball that Riqui Puig lost in the front of the area, and Yeray threw himself to the ground to get ahead of the Argentine. Seeing that it did not arrive, the captain culé left the template ahead and finished stepping on the left leg to Basque.
While I’m writhing in painMessi apologized for what happened, implying that it had been an unintentional crash and that he did not want to step on him. Despite complaints from Athletic players, the referee of the match, Jesús Gil Manzano, no whistle much less did he get a card.
Some fans and even referees who now act as commentators in the media consider that it should have been, at best, a fault. “Messi enters with the iron to dispute the ball. If he hit the first leg, it would have been more dangerous and could have been red. It was at least yellow“says, for example, Iturralde González in ‘AS’.
Messi has seen how they whistle him 17 fouls so far in the league and they have removed three yellow cards. In the historical total of the Spanish competition, Messi has had 43 yellows and has never been expelled, neither by double yellow nor by direct red.
Did he deserve red against Naples?
It is not the first action this season in which his critics accuse Messi of having a referee bull. In the Champions League match in February against Naples, the Blaugrana saw no card or lack when he went with his leg in front to fight for a ball in front of the goalkeeper Ospina, who ended up sticking the studs in the arm.