UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
Atletico Madrid striker Fernando Torres has hit out at UEFA after being sent off against Barcelona, in the first leg of their Champions League clash, suggesting that centre referee Felix Brych was not ready for such a big game.
The Spain striker was given his marching orders after picking up two yellow cards in the first half at Camp Nou, with defending champions Barca eventually emerging 2-1 victors against 10 men.
The former Liverpool striker took responsibility for his side’s defeat but accused UEFA of being more interested in potential kit clashes – with both sides wearing their away strip on the night – than competent refereeing.
“It’s a shame that UEFA are so preoccupied with changing our kits and putting a referee that has failed to be at the level of a Champions League quarter-final,” Torres told reporters after the match.