Clement Lenglet red card unfair, says Girona’s Pere Pons after Barca draw

Annette Crawford
September 24, 2018

Girona took advantage of the numbers being in their favour and went 2-1 ahead six minutes into the second half thanks to two goals from Cristhian Stuani either side of half time. "I am in favor of VAR, but if it is applied correctly, it's just as well for everyone".

"The other player clashed with him".

But it doesn't happen often when it comes to Barcelona's star player and it will be interesting to see whether Messi's exact message for Manzano emerges in the coming days.

Barcelona's Luis Suarez in action with Girona's Pere Pons. "Until then we had it under control, then they equalised before the break and we had to come back". "I didn't notice the contact from the elbow and I offered my hand to him because I thought it was a foul by me at first".

Pere Pons, the Girona player who was at the heart of Lenglet's sending off, didn't have a clear opinion on the matter.

"I don't know if it was aggressive or not, we were both going for it, and neither of us are to blame, it was decided by a third body".

"Maybe there is contact, you can see it in the image, but the ball is on the ground".


"Until the red card things were going well for us".

"It's not an act of aggression, he wasn't looking to do that". Even the Girona player apologised because he made the foul. VAR has to be used in the correct way and with consistent criteria.

Tebas has said whoever does end up going to the US will do so voluntarily, and Perez has said that will not be Madrid.

"The sending-off conditioned the game a lot and we had the bad luck to concede right at the end of the first half, it affected us a lot and we couldn't turn it around", said Barca coach Ernesto Valverde, questioning the decision to dismiss Lenglet.

"We kept trying, we got the equaliser and were looking for the victor but with one player down it was very tough and we ran ourselves into the ground". We made a huge effort physically. "We all like to play well and win, above all to win, so we will try to improve".

The loss of points means that Barcelona are back level with Real Madrid on 13 points from the opening five games of the season but Valverde's side have a two goal better goal difference so stay top.

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