Controversial decision by the referee: Barca deserved a second penalty

controversial refThe Celta vs Bar­ca game ref­er­ee Vican­di Gar­ri­do made a con­tro­ver­sial choice in yesterday’s game which sig­nif­i­cant­ly affect­ed the fate of the match. The deci­sions made by the offi­cials in the first half was fair enough but the sec­ond half was just con­tro­ver­sial enough that the offi­cials over­looked some crit­i­cal hap­pen­ing in the game.

In the 63th minute of the match, Andre Gomes was brought down in the box by Hugo Mal­lo. How­ev­er, accord­ing to pro­fes­sion­al foot­ball ana­lyst, Gar­ri­do made the made the right and award­ed the Cata­lan club a penal­ty. It was obvi­ous enough that a Madrid based press media Mar­ca acknowl­edge it.

In the 69th minute of the game while Ney­mar was receiv­ing a ball in the box, Hugo Mal­lo who fouled Andre Gomes six min­utes ear­li­er pulled the Brazil­ian ace. Madrid based dai­ly pub­lish­er AS tagged the act as ‘a pos­si­ble crim­i­nal’. The news­pa­per pub­lished that Ney­mar was pulled down in the 18 yard box, which if that’s the case he should have being a foul and Hugo Mal­lo should have had a sec­ond yel­low card.

possible penaltyHow­ev­er, the deci­sion by the ref total­ly change the out­come of the game. Madrid based dai­ly paper don’t usu­al­ly admit to such con­tro­ver­sy deci­sion from offi­cials. Award­ing Bar­ca a penal­ty and removal of Hugo Mal­lo from the game in the 70th min­utes would have being a total turn around for FC Barcelona.

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