Tuesday 22 August 2017

Luis Enrique defends Javier Mascherano’s ‘c*** of his mother’ rant

Eibar's forward Borja Gonzalez (L) celebrates next to Barcelona's Argentinian defender Javier Mascherano (C) after scoring a goal during the Spanish league football match FC Barcelona vs SD Eibar at the Camp Nou
Eibar's forward Borja Gonzalez (L) celebrates next to Barcelona's Argentinian defender Javier Mascherano (C) after scoring a goal during the Spanish league football match FC Barcelona vs SD Eibar at the Camp Nou

Barcelona coach Luis Enrique fears being without the services of Javier Mascherano for up to four Primera Division games.

The defensive midfielder was shown a red card in the 83rd minute of Barca's 3-1 win over Eibar on Sunday and could be handed a four-match ban.

According to referee Carlos del Cerro Grande, Mascherano was sent off for insulting an assistant referee with an Argentinian expression.

Luis Enrique felt the red card was harsh and told Marca: "It would be very serious to lose Mascherano for four games.

"If every time we hear insults we think they are directed at us, then....

"Mascherano said ‘la concha de tu madre’ [the c*** of his mother], is a typical Argentine expression like we say here ‘los cojones’ [the balls], or something like that.. You have to judge whether he said that to the officials or just to the air, or to whom he was looking at when he said it.

"This is a good example of referees punishing complaints more than they do tough tackles.

"Mascherano didn't talk to the referee, he said something normal in a football match."

This was Mascherano's first dismissal of the season and his fourth in 147 La Liga games for Barca.

Mascherano, who has made eight league starts for the Blaugrana, could miss his team's next four La Liga games, including the first El Clasico of the campaign, against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu on November 21.

Barca visit Getafe on Saturday and are second in La Liga, level on 21 points with leaders Real Madrid.

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