Gerard Pique has suggested that referees in Spain are biased towards Real Madrid after Barcelona’s 2-1 defeat by Athletic in the Copa del Rey.
Athletic deal Copa del Rey blow to Barca
Barca had two penalty claims – one involving Neymar and another Pique – turned down during their defeat in the first leg of their last-16 tie against the Basque club, though the hosts later had Raul Garcia and Ander Iturraspe sent off. On Wednesday, referee Mateu Lahoz came under fire from Sevilla fans for his performance in their 3-0 loss to Madrid in the same competition and Pique believes that Barca suffer in comparison to their biggest rivals. “The penalty to Neymar was very clear and the one with Gorka [Iraizoz] on me, too, but we already know how this works,” Pique said after the match, according to Sport.