Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has sent a veiled message at his rival, Barcelona coach Xavi Hernandez, after criticizing the royal club and accusing him of putting pressure on the referee.
Hernández made a statement in which he attacked Real Madrid for the attack on the referee, insisting that the Spanish league was a “complete fraud” and that “this is what even blind people see.”
He said he agreed “100%” with its president Joan Laporta that competitive football in Spain was “rigged”.
Hernández described the video clips broadcast on Real Madrid TV about refereeing this season as “disgraceful”, noting that referees are influenced by them.
🧢 Barcelona coach Xavi Hernandez complained on Friday that rivals Real Madrid are influencing referees “every week” and said it meant La Liga was “totally mixed”.
🗣️ “I don't like that they are influencing the referee and they are doing it every week” pic.twitter.com/9nZrKzGjEm
-besoccer (@besoccer_com) 2 February 2024
He concluded by saying, “It distorts the competition and completely ruins it, and that's what even a blind man sees.”
When Ancelotti was asked about the matter in a press conference ahead of Sunday's derby match against Atletico Madrid, he indirectly placed the blame on Hernandez.
“I think I'm a professional and I don't want to stoop to this level out of respect for Spanish football. Don't ask me more about this because I don't want to talk at a level that's not appropriate,” he said. professional.”
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– Xavi reiterated yesterday that the league is a fraud. What do you think?
Ancelotti: I think I'm a professional. As a professional, I don't want to stoop to this level out of respect for Spanish football. pic.twitter.com/YlV9dFzQBg
– Mahmood Majeed (@MMajeedX) 3 February 2024
Similarly, the Italian coach responded to the accusations of FC Barcelona president Joan Laporta by saying, “I will not stoop to this level,” when reporters asked him another question about the statements he had issued in the past few hours. Catalan club.
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