Diego Simeone was left “furious” with left-back Filipe Luis after the defender’s post-match comments threatened to land him a UEFA ban.
The former Chelsea man was sent off in the La Liga fixture between these sides at the Nou Camp , and was furious that Fernando Torres was dismissed last night while Luis Suarez stayed on the field.
Barcelona striker Suarez, who went on to score both goals for the hosts, should have been dismissed for kicking out at Juanfran in the first half.
And Filipe Luis’ post-match comments about the officiating could land him in hot water:
“The sending off is totally unjust and changed the game,” he said.
“ Barcelona are protected. When you play against them you realise that they are a very powerful club.
“You realise the fear when Barcelona could get knocked out. It would hurt UEFA a lot.
“Against Real Madrid there was a similar moment [from Suarez]. I don’t know what they have to do for someone to send one of them off.
“Fernando, two fouls, two cards. The referee has not seen many Madrid-Barcelona derbies. There would be eight red cards.
“I don’t don’t know what [a Barcelona player] has to do to get sent off.
“They sent me off [in La Liga fixture] correctly, but the other team isn’t treated the same. That’s what hurts.”
Fernando Torres was similarly outspoken but is already banned for the second leg after receiving two bookings in ten first-half minutes.
But, according to multiple reports, Diego Simeone had an angry changing-room encounter with Filipe Luis after hearing about his defender’s refereeing blast telling the experienced international that he should know when to keep his mouth shut.
Simeone himself had done just that when asked who he blamed for Torres’ red card:
“Certainly not Torres,” he responded, before hinting far more strongly that he was unhappy with the performance of German referee Felix Brych.
“I can’t say what I want… I need to think about what I’m saying so I don’t say anything I shouldn’t.”
Filipe Luis may pay the price for not doing the same.