Barcelona started the new Spanish football season as defending champions and were keen to pick up three points immediately in the Madrid suburb. It was already clear, of course, that the trip to Getafe was not a pleasant one, but it exceeded all bad expectations.
There was little to no football played at the Coliseum Alfonso Pérez. Instead, mistakes were made one after another, and there was plenty of provocation, ridicule and attacks on the referee. Rafinha reacted so badly to the behavior of the Getafe players that he threw his elbow out of sheer frustration and received the first red card.
19 minutes added time
Barcelona coach It all had nothing to do with football, despite a total of 19 minutes of stoppage time.
Keep in mind that those 19 minutes did not come about due to injury or another long delay, but were simply the result of the example of Bordalismo, as Getafe’s humiliating match is also known, named after returning coach José Bordalas. Ajax knows all about that, because they once fell into Getafe’s trap. The low point was Ryan Babel rolling across the field.
Frustration in Frankie
The reactions after the Getafe and Barcelona match are clear. The fans went crazy, the TV viewers weren’t having much fun, and the referee just stood there and watched. “It’s unbelievable that this happened in La Liga. We had 9 minutes of stoppage time, but it should have been 25 or 30. There was nothing but wasting time…” Frenkie de Jong unleashed his frustration.
“It was embarrassing, it’s time for the referees to take action against this. “We know that some things need to be improved on our part to prolong the national title, but what happened here tonight… the Spanish Football Federation has to get to work.” .
“I told the referee that Getafe got away with fouls too often, while we were sent off. Then I was sent off, so be it… the referee derailed this game. If this is the product that La Liga wants to sell to football fans around the world “I don’t think we will have many fans left,” coach Xavi responded in very strong terms.
“I understand very well if people don’t feel like watching such matches. We didn’t play any match today, it was a complete shame,” Xavi continued his tirade. As a result of the red card, Xavi faces a two-match ban, and this penalty may increase after his statements.
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