The Osasuna versus Barcelona game was a tense affair without being very unsporting. However, the match referee answered protests by sending off both the Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova and Osasuna midfielder Patxi Puñal.
"Muñiz (the referee) sent me off because I told the linesman that Busquets had been fouled during a play. It seems that’s enough to send you off. We know what this referee’s like, we’ve all been warned", the Barcelona coach said visibly angry.
The referee outlined the following in his report: "In the 70th minute the manager (…) was sent off for (…) angrily protesting whilst having been previously warned by the assistant referee". With no insulting language, the suspension could be a single match.
Five minutes after sending Vilanova to the dressing rooms, Muñiz Fernández sent off Puñal. According to the match report, Puñal seriously insulted the referee ("go screw yourself"). In cases like this, a player can be punished with a two or three match suspension.
Both coaches gave their opinions of the game. Tito Vilanova admitted than Barcelona played badly. "This is one of the tough away games. Last year we lost here and now we’ve won", the Barça coach said relieved.
"We didn’t play well. We gave them too many chances to score. This is a tough place to come and play, Osasuna always brings the game to you, but I think we created enough to win the game", Vilanova continued.
Regarding the goalscorer, Leo Messi, he said: "We always hope he’ll bring his A game, but even when he doesn’t he keeps scoring. He struggled a bit with the state of the pitch. We’re just kicking off the season".
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