Xavi's fury with the referee on his AFC Champions League debut

Catalan is in charge of Al Sadd in Qatar


Posted Thursday, August 08, 2019 by Marca.com

Xavi's fury with the referee on his AFC Champions League debut

Xavi Hernandez was furious when the referee refused to award Al Sadd a penalty for a clear handball in stoppage time of their AFC Champions League match away to Al-Duhail on Tuesday.

That game was Xavi's first AFC Champions League game in charge of Al Sadd, and he responded to the referee's decision by kicking a bottle which saw his shoe fly into the air.

The Al Sadd players, including captain Gabi, also believed that it should have been a handball and surrounded the referee, yet he stood by his decision and the game finished 1-1.

Akram Afif gave Xavi's side the lead after half an hour, but Youssef Msakni levelled the scores just before the half-time interval.



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