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Atletico Madrid set to face lawsuit from Barcelona over €40 million Griezmann payment

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The saga of Antoine Greizmann’s future is beginning to get more serious as Barcelona and Atletico Madrid begin to look for legal weapons.

The Blaugrana are unhappy with Los Rojiblancos’ tactics to avoid paying the €40 million permanent transfer fee while Atletico are clear about not wanting to pay the obligatory clause.

According to reports from RAC1 Barcelona are preparing a lawsuit against Diego Simeone’s side regarding Griezmann. They believe that the forward already played the required minutes in his first season on loan and demand immediate payment of €40 million as a transfer fee.

However, the offices at Wanda Metropolitano are convinced otherwise. They believe that the player must play 50% of the minutes across both seasons for the clause to get triggered, implying that they don’t have to pay the fee yet.

While the two clubs tussle, the World Cup winner is the actual loser. Griezmann is stuck in a situation where even his consistent performances are not winning him a starting place in the team. This is a big blow, especially given that the World Cup is just around the corner.

Earlier this week, it was Griezmann who struck in the 101st minute to give Los Rojiblancos a sensational win over Porto in the UEFA Champions League. He already has three goals for the side this season in just over 100 minutes.

It remains to be seen how the story of his purchase clause ends. If Atletico Madrid come out on top, it would either mean Griezmann would have to return to Barcelona next summer or they will try to negotiate a lower fee to sign him up permanently.

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Atletico lash out at referee’s decision during Real Madrid clash: “They create such pressure”

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Real Madrid’s win over Atletico Madrid once again showed the European Champions’ ability to fight back even from the deepest of troughs and come back on top. The men in white were a goal down with 15 minutes to spare but forced extra time and managed to advance to the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey.

However, the game was not without its own share of controversy. One of the biggest moments came in the 71st minute when Dani Ceballos avoided a red card that would have changed the course of the game. Ironically, Atletico Madrid had Stefan Savic sent off in extra time to help Real Madrid progress.

To give context Ceballos was already on a yellow card for making an unnecessary challenge in the 69th minute of the game. Two minutes later, he appeared to have caught Thomas Lemar near the knee.

Atletico Madrid thus demanded that he get a second yellow and receive his marching orders. Given that the Rojiblancos were already up a goal, it could have changed the course of the game. But the referee did not show a second yellow to the Real Madrid midfielder.

Los Rojiblancos are far from happy with the refereeing at Santiago Bernabeu and have released an official statement via their CEO, Miguel Angel Gil Marin, regarding their displeasure. The statement is as follows:

“With 0-1, in the 71st minute, playing the place for the Copa semifinals in their own stadium, leaving Real Madrid with 10 players is big words.

“Real Madrid is a club with a very strong environment, with many interests around it. They create such pressure that it’s normal to affect the people who must make decisions. They [referees] are aware of what awaits them if they made a mistake.”

Clearly, the accusation from Diego Simeone’s side goes far beyond the events of the derby and makes a contentious general statement about Real Madrid’s influence on matches.

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