Barcelona - Fernando Torres raged that Atletico Madrid are
not treated equally to Barcelona by referees after his early red card turned
their Champions League quarter-final, first leg around on Tuesday.
Torres had put Atletico in front at the Camp Nou before
seeing two quick-fire yellow cards to leave the visitors a man light for over
Luis Suarez finally converted Barca's relentless second-half
pressure into a 2-1 lead as he struck twice in 12 minutes.
However, Atletico were enraged as unlike Torres, Suarez
escaped punishment for a kick out at Juanfran and an off-the-ball incident with
"They shouldn't have been cards. If it had been the
other way around then they wouldn't have been given," Torres told Spanish
radio station Cadena Cope.
"With 11 (men) we would have won without any
And the former Liverpool and Chelsea striker claimed UEFA
have their priorities wrong after making both sides play in their away kits to
avoid a colour clash.
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"UEFA worry about making us change shirts, but they
didn't appoint a referee that is up to the level of the Champions League
Luis went even further by implying UEFA are scared of
Barcelona not reaching the final.
"I don't know what Barca players have to do to get sent
off just like us," Luis told Spanish TV station MEGA.
"You can tell there is fear that Barca will be
Atletico's players' choice of words could prove costly
should UEFA feel the need to impose bans on those that have launched attacks on
German referee Felix Brych.
Coach Diego Simeone was more measured in his criticism and
was happy to escape Catalonia with the tie still in the balance.
"There were more than two incidents involving
Suarez," said Atletico boss Diego Simeone.
"I can't say what I think, but I am not angry with
Fernando (Torres) for sure."
"We had a great first-half, in the second we tried to
limit the damage as much as possible for the game that is still to come."
Barca boss Luis Enrique was understandably less sympathetic
towards Torres. "Both of Torres's two yellow cards are clear," he said.
"They may have been unintentional, but they are
Barca saw a 39-game unbeaten run come to an end with defeat
to Real Madrid and their bid to become the first side to retain the Champions
League looked under serious threat before Torres's dismissal changed the course
of the game.
However, Enrique dismissed suggestions his side are
beginning to pay physically for the demands of playing in six competitions this
"Watching the second half there is no physical
problem," he added.
"We played with enthusiasm, but also a cool head
because if you only play with the heart it is dangerous.
"I think we did enough to have won by one more
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