Ronaldo believes UEFA protect Barcelona
Cristiano Ronaldo agrees with banned coach Jose Mourinho that
Barcelona is given preferential treatment by UEFA after Real Madrid
was eliminated from the Champions League with Tuesday’s 1-1
Madrid missed out on a place in the final after losing the
two-legged series 3-1 overall, although questionable referee
decisions against Madrid in both legs took their toll.
Belgian referee Frank De Bleeckere waived away Gonzalo Higuain’s
goal before Pedro Rodriguez notched Barcelona’s opener after
judging Ronaldo fouled Javier Mascherano despite being pushed into
”Barcelona is very well protected – we knew something would
happen,” Ronaldo said. ”(Higuain’s) goal was legal. Pique pushed
me and I fell on top of Mascherano, who never went to the ground in
England, but here he’s learned that trade like the rest of
Mourinho was banned for criticizing UEFA after the first leg
when Pepe was red carded in the 61st minute. Barcelona scored both
goals after that and Madrid accused its rival of feigning injuries
to draw bookings.
The hostile atmosphere leading into the game even led UEFA to
send head of referees Pierluigi Collina to the match at the Camp
Nou. UEFA is studying six reports against the two clubs.
Madrid’s players were all visibly upset after the game and
captain Iker Casillas and midfielder Xabi Alonso were among those
venting against De Bleeckere.
”That would have been the first step in the comeback,” Alonso
said. ”We’re upset, hurt to not go through because of so many
Barcelona will now play in the May 28 final at Wembley, with
Manchester United leading Schalke 2-0 in the other semifinal.
”We knew if we scored a goal they would do everything possible
so we wouldn’t get through. This isn’t good for football. If things
don’t improve we should just stay home and let Barcelona play by
themselves,” Ronaldo added.
”Next year they should just give the cup directly to