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'It was a joke' Espanyol star criticized Barcelona's penalty

Sun 21 November 2021 | 13:35

The referee's decision to award a penalty in favor of Barcelona has caused a lot of controversy.

Espanyol

star Raul de Tomas criticized the referee's performance in last night's match against

Barcelona

.

Last night, in the first match in which Xavi sat on the team's bench, Barcelona managed to reach three points in the game with a single goal by Memphis Deepay from the penalty spot. In the penalty area, Leandro Cabrera had a challenge with

Memphis Depay

and seemed to tackled the ball, but the referee, after examining the scene with the help of VAR, decided to award a penalty. Memphis converted the penalty kick and Espanyol missed several chances until the end of the game before losing the match. After the game, De Tomas criticized the referee's decision and called the penalty wrong.

“From the pitch, it appeared a joke. It’s possible that he touched him but there is no intention.

“At the start of the season, they told us that they were not going to whistle that kind of penalty.

“I don’t think it was a penalty.”

This was Xavi's first win against Barcelona, while Espanyol suffered its second defeat in the last three games.

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