At the half-time whistle, Gerard Pique waited for referee Jesus Gil Manzanoin in the tunnel to complain about the sending off of Clement Lenglet.
The Barcelona defender protested to the linesmen until the man in the middle arrived.
“It’s clear,” Pique said, in images shown by Vamos.
“You really think that it’s intentional?
“That he [Pere Pons] fouls him [Clement Lenglet] and then he…?”
Throughout, Gil Manzano responds with gestures, as if to show Lenglet’s movement with the arm.
“Listen to me, he brings out his elbow at the end and he knows it,” the referee said.
“It’s not that the elbow is like this, he brings it out…”
The conversation ended without Pique any more relaxed about the situation.
“Truly… History speaks for itself,” the defender said, in what is not the first clash he has had with the referee.
After Gil Manzano once refereed a clash between Villarreal and Real Madrid, Pique tweeted angrily.
“[Bad officiating caused an] eight-point difference against these two teams. Screenshots are from Madrid-based media,” he said on Twitter in February 2017.
The message was clear, with four screen shots, two from MARCA, about refereeing controversies in the games that Barcelona and Real Madrid had played at the Estadio de la Ceramica.
Then there was also the Copa del Rey semi-final of the same year, when Gil Manzano sent off both Sergi Roberto and Luis Suarez, whilst there was also debate over a sending off of Neymar in a game against Malaga.
Another chapter has been added to Gil Manzano’s history with Barcelona, and Pique clearly won’t forget any time soon.
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