Press articles have revealed that the referees of the Barcelona match with its Italian guest, Juventus, were subjected to “vulgar” insults from the first defender, Jordi Alba, and were criticised by Catalan coach Ronald Koeman.
The referee, Tobias Stiller, considered two penalties in favour of the guests, which were successfully carried out by Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo to lead the “old lady” to victory over the team of her traditional rival, Lionel Messi.
Alba to the german referee ” Bas….d”
The newspaper “Marca” stated that Alba had insulted the German referee with a vulgar expression, as shown by the emptying of the pitch sounds, when he received a yellow card in the 27th minute, but the newspaper pointed out that the left-back had later apologised to Steller and that the latter had accepted his apology.
Koeman: Tienes buenos amigos en Italia
As the referee was about to leave the stadium after the match was over, Koeman implicitly accused Juventus of favouring him when he said, “You have good friends in Italy”.
Despite the defeat, Barcelona, together with Juventus, advanced to the Round of 16, but finished in second place, exposing them to a strong confrontation in the next stage, which is held by the system of exits for the defeated.