Barcelona president Joan Laporta claims that they have been on the wrong end of refereeing decisions in recent weeks.
Barcelona fans have been angry with the referring decisions in their recent match. Xavi also slammed the referee after their game against Rayo Vallecano on Sunday for not awarding them a penalty for an apparent foul on Raphinha.
In an event in Barcelona on Wednesday, Barcelona president Laporta insisted they have received poor treatment from referees in recent weeks.
“Throughout this week there has only been talk of nonsense when we should have been talking about the Rayo game and the penalty against Raphinha or the one they also gave to [Robert] Lewandowski.”
Laporta also claimed that if Real Madrid had received similar treatment, the media would cover it differently.
“If this had happened to Madrid, I’m sure there would be talk all week… It is not about playing the victim, it’s a reality. To win we must be much better than our rivals and they make things difficult for us.”
Laporta also once again defended coach Xavi from criticism.
“We live in constant suffering. It’s a fun suffering. I was happy for Xavi, he deserves it. He had to overcome very difficult situations, with injured players.”
Barcelona will face Atletico Madrid on Sunday at home in La Liga. They are four points behind leaders Real Madrid.