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All the talk after the Champions League semi-final between Barcelona and Real Madrid was about the referee's decision to show Pepe a straight red card

Barcelona playmaker Xavi was reluctant to talk about the referee's decision to send off Real Madrid's Pepe in the Champions League semi-final first leg encounter at the Santiago Bernabeu, but the Spain international did reveal that it was the correct call in his opinion.

"I just want to talk about football. There will always be decision from referees that will be talked about. Sometimes they go against you and sometimes they go in your favour. It was clear to see for everybody that Pepe's dismissal was a correct decision," Xavi told Marca.

The influential midfielder then stated that Barcelona deserved the win and added that the Catalans were superior to their opponents.

"We got the result that we deserved. We were again superior. We're a team that wants to play attacking football and have fun on the pitch. They [Real Madrid] are just hoping that we'll make mistakes. That worked in the Copa del Rey final, but not this time.

"I don't want to talk about [Jose] Mourinho. I only want to discuss Barcelona. We put in a good performance and it's a fair result. This is a victory for football."

Barcelona and Madrid meet again next week in the second leg of their semi-final encounter.


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