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Barcelona's indignation at three awful challenges without any punishment


Barcelona's indignation at three awful challenges without any punishment


There is widespread resentment at Barcelona because it appears that their players can be hurt by the opposition but no punishment results.
Aleix Vidal's injury at Alaves is the latest in an argument against the standards of LaLiga referees who seem to be working to the detriment of the Blaugrana.
Theo Hernandez's unnecessary and crunching tackle is the third already this season, is not therefore an isolated event and nor have the injuries resulted because of a set of unfortunate circumstances.
The first of them was Andres Iniesta's after a horrific tackle from Valencia's Enzo Perez at the Estadio Mestalla.
It meant he was unavailable for selection from October 22 until El Clasico on December 3 - seven games for Barcelona without their captain.
On January 22, Sergio Busquets was stepped on by Eibar's Escalante at the Estadio Ipurua.
After just nine minutes of that match the midfielder had to be withdrawn, and the upshot was that he had to miss four matches.
All of these injuries come at a time when there is a lot of background noise about the officials.
Luis Enrique is just one to wade into the debate.
"There is evidence that my players are the ones who commit the least fouls and, curiously enough, they are some of the most punished," he said earlier this season.
"First there are campaigns to discredit my players - that they throw themselves on the floor, and then, even the same media say that our situation is unfair."
Barcelona is one of the most fouled teams in the league with an average of 16 given against their opponents per game.
Despite this, a card is only produced by the referee once every six occasions.

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