Barcelona and top 5 controversial referee decisions
The Barcelona side in the recent times is dubbed by many as one of, if not the greatest team of all time. Four Champions League titles in between the time period 2006 to 2015 , and several other trophies to go along with it is a testament of the quality of this side. However, many of their victories over the years have been tainted with controversies.
A glance at some of Barcelona’s biggest games from the recent years contains a lot of controversial refereeing incidents. These incidents have gained a lot of attention and could plagiarize the legacy they are creating.
Many of these controversial games involving Barcelona have been in the biggest of Europe, The UEFA Champions League and their recent win against Atletico Madrid was no different. Interestingly, such big and decisive incidents have occurred in the UEFA Champions League semi-finals of year 2006, 2009 and 2011.
Barcelona on all 3 instances made the most on the incidents that worked in their favour and then went on to lift the trophy. But this time they weren’t able to capitalize on it as Atletico knocked the defending champions out thanks to a brace by Antoine Griezmann.
Barcelona vs AC Milan, April 2006
It was 2006,A year where a teen Argentina boy called Messi was dubbed to be the next big thing. They got this one right but during that time they were all dependent on Ronaldinho. Barcelona were set to face the six time champion AC.Milan.
The A.C.Milan side were still sore after the loss in Istanbul in the previous year’s final when they infamously lost a 3-0 lead to Benitez’s Liverpool.The first leg of the tie was at the San Siro and the away team, Barcelona, took a 1-0 advantage for the decider in Camp Nou which was a week later. In the decisive second leg, Milan had to score at least once to take the game to extra time.
On the return leg Dida came up with amazing saves to keep his side in the leg whereas their attack was finding it difficult to score against the strong Barcelona defence.
In the 69th minute, the controversial moment of the game and the entire leg happened. Shevchenko had blasted the ball past the Spaniard Victor Valdes and Milan were about to celebrate a tie changing goal, but Markus Merk, the German referee, had other thoughts in mind and reacted by blowing the whistle for a foul by Shevchenko on Puyol.
TV replays clearly showed by Shevchenko had absolutely no contact on Carles Puyol and the Spanish man tumbled on his own. Ancelotti the manager and the Milan bench were infuriated by the decision to rule out the goal. Shevchenko was baffled by the decision and the game eventually ended 0-0, with Barcelona marching on to the final.
You can clearly see Puyol dive without any contact in this video.
Video of Barcelona AC vs Milan Shevchenko Disallowed Goal
After the game, the Ukrainian forward rightfully said that he didn’t make contact with Puyol. “Perhaps he slipped and knocked into me but I had my hands up and I hit the ball cleanly,” Shevchenko said, “It was a perfectly legitimate goal.”
As for Barcelona, they went on to win their second defeating Arsenal in the final.