Barcelona missed a huge opportunity to boost their hopes of winning the Primera División title by losing to Malaga just a few hours after Real Madrid had drawn against Atletico Madrid, and Neymar’s red card in the 65th minute played a role in that.
The Brazilian got sent-off for the first time since joining the Blaugrana in 2013. First, he saw a yellow card for tying his shoelaces in what was a rather clear attempt to delay a Malaga free-kick, and later on he saw another yellow card for a tough foul.
Barcelona coach Luis Enrique seemed… baffled in the Press conference after the game, ‘remembering’ many cases in which players of other teams were left unpunished despite committing bad fouls.
I believe the interpretation of what is worth a yellow card is very special. We have to be very careful in some games because there have been strong tackles from behind that did not result in a yellow even though they were clearly worth a booking. And then tying your laces gets you a yellow
Enrique said, before wrapping his comment up by admitting that deep down he is used to seeing his players receive this kind of treatment by referees.
It is very curious that a team that does not play rough gets some incomprehensible yellow cards. Especially when the opponent makes numerous fouls, but does not get a yellow card for it. It is curious, but we are used to it
the Barcelona coach said.