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Barcelona president says club could ask Real Madrid clash to be replayed following VAR controversy



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In a major statement, Barcelona president Joan Laporta has claimed that the club could push for a rematch against Real Madrid following the VAR controversies last night.

Real Madrid defeated Barcelona 3-2 at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday, but there was a contentious moment in the first half which has sparked a lot of controversy.

Lamine Yamal appeared to have diverted a corner from Raphinha into the Real Madrid goal with a clever flick but Real Madrid goalkeeper Andriy Lunin managed to push the ball out before it completely crossed the line.

With there being no conclusive evidence that the ball was not fully over the line and did not award the goal to Barcelona, sparking fury in the Catalans’ camp.

Manager Xavi and several other players hit out at the match officials after the game and now club president Joan Laporta has put out a statement saying that he wants the league to release all video files and audio recordings pertaining to the call.

“There are tools like VAR that should help to have a fairer competition and not the other way around…,” he started.

“​​With this statement, I not only want to express Barcelona’s dissatisfaction with the mismanagement of VAR that happened yesterday, but also I want to emphasize that even though it is a tool that has been with us for some time, it still causes confusion and contradictory standards depending on the matches and teams.”

And if there are still doubts about how the matter was handled, Barcelona would ask for a rematch against Real Madrid, Laporta remarked.

“I inform you that we at FC Barcelona will immediately ask the Technical Committee and the Spanish Football Federation to provide us with all the images and audio recordings produced during the goal shot.”

“If it is confirmed that there was a refereeing mistake in Lamine Yamal’s goal yesterday, I don’t rule out asking for El Clásico to be replayed… I want all the images and audio recordings!”

The Barcelona president also refused to rule out taking judicial measures if needed, saying:

“We will analyse the whole match against Real Madrid. We will put in place any possibility to reverse the situation, including any judicial actions that may be necessary. We will go further, we do not rule out anything.”

Source: X/FC Barcelona

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  1. Hala_Madrid

    April 22, 2024 at 3:38 pm

    Cry me a river crybaby. If you want to go there, what about Bellingham’s goal that should’ve counted when he headed the ball at the back of the net as the referee blew his whistle. That was a blatant mistake and they never rewarded Madrid the victory and the 3 points. The race for La Liga would’ve been over by now with those crucial points. Barcelona, sore losers, stop complaining and the defeat like a man.

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Toni Kroos opens up on retirement decision – ‘I am sad at the moment’



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Real Madrid have the opportunity to make this a historic season by lifting their 15th UEFA Champions League title.

But even in the event Madrid gets their hands on the trophy, the conclusion of the season will leave a bittersweet feeling as Toni Kroos is set to depart the club.

The German midfielder was urged to continue plying his trade in the Spanish Capital for another season since his timeless quality is yet to fade away, but Kroos remained firm on his decision.

Kroos opens up about retirement

Now, reflecting on his imminent departure from the club he has played 464 games with, Kroos has opened up about how the decision came about and his thought process.

“I am sad at the moment. Something that defined me, that gave so much fun and gave me so many positive memories is coming to an end,” Kroos professed on his podcast.

Kroos plays his final home game for Real Madrid tomorrow. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

However, he claims there is a slight silver lining about the news becoming public, as there is no more pressure on him to constantly answer questions about his future and focus solely on finishing his career in the best way possible.

“I am happy that the news is out. It is a relief because a lot of people were speculating and I didn’t feel like answering questions about my future all the time,” Kroos claimed.

The veteran midfielder adds that retiring was never a clear-cut decision as his emotions fluctuated frequently.

“Retiring was never a 100-0 decision. The feelings swing in other directions, in the days at the end it was maybe a 80-20 or 70-30 decision. And that 30% is what makes you feel something,” he said.

Furthermore, Kroos reveals that he shared the news of his retirement to Ancelotti first and foremost, then relayed his decision to his teammates.

“I told Carlo [Ancelotti] first that I’m retiring. Then the club, then Luka [Modric], Fede [Valverde], Lucas [Vazquez]…” he exclaimed.

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