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Guardiola lashes La Liga refs

3 May 2012 12:19

Outgoing Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola has criticised the standard of La Liga refereeing after his side's 4-1 win over Malaga on Wednesday.

Barca, who have been rocked in the last eight days with their exit from the Champions League at the hands of Chelsea and the subsequent announcement of Guardiola's departure, were awarded two penalties in the win.

But the victory meant little, with Real Madrid's 3-0 win over Athletic Bilbao enough to seal the La Liga title and break Barca's run of three successive Spanish championships.

And Guardiola believes it is a bit late to be awarding his club penalties they should have been getting earlier in the campaign.

"Two penalties? Now it's not really needed anymore. It's a bit late in the season to start giving us penalties," Guardiola told reporters.

"Did the referees decide the league? The season has been very long, and a lot of things have happened. We've kept quiet, but the images are there.

"They can't say we didn't try to win the league because we tried to come back. We can now only, once again, congratulate Madrid for their success."

Barcelona sit second in the Primera Division table, trailing Real by seven points with two more games to go.

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4 - 1

Competition
Primera División
Date
2 May 2012
Game week
20
Kick-off
20:00
Half-time
2 - 1
Full-time
4 - 1
Venue
Camp Nou (Barcelona)
Attendance
67854

Goals

Puyol 14'
(assist by Iniesta) 
1 - 0
1 - 1
27' S. Rondón
 (assist by Jesús Gámez)
L. Messi (PG) 35'
(assist by Iniesta) 
2 - 1
L. Messi (PG) 59'  
3 - 1
L. Messi 64'
(assist by Iniesta) 
4 - 1

Lineups

# Player Bookings
13
5 14'
2
21
14
4 83'
8
15
23
10 35' 59' 64'
17 68'
Coach: Guardiola

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
32
20
37
1
11
16
35
# Player Bookings
9
11
28
1
3
7
15

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