Barcelona head coach Xavi Hernandez has once again criticized La Liga referees, continuing his recent trend of publicly questioning decisions made against his team.
Xavi has faced bans for his touchline conduct, a reflection of his vocal stance on refereeing decisions.
Barcelona’s recent 4-2 comeback win over Real Betis did not involve major incidents or VAR influence.
However, in Real Madrid’s 3-2 victory against Almeria, Los Blancos benefited from three VAR decisions that went in their favor.
Carlo Ancelotti, Real Madrid’s coach, stated in his post-match press conference that the decisions were correct.
Despite this, Xavi remains unconvinced by the situation and continues to express skepticism regarding the refereeing decisions.
“I’m left with the reflections of Garitano (the Almería coach) and Alfredo Relaño, a very good journalist”, as per reports from Mundo Deportivo.
“It’s going to be very difficult to win this league. I already said that in Getafe. I saw things that did not fit right for me.
“There have been many incidents. I remember the Getafe penalty, the incident with Raphinha in Vallecas and the goal in Granada by Joao Felix. We could have six more points.
“These are not excuses, they are realities.”
Xavi’s recent comments directly contradict Ancelotti’s view, with the veteran Italian often choosing not to criticize referees after matches.
These new quotes from Xavi might pose a potential issue for him in the future, especially if La Liga considers them to be in violation of their rules of conduct.