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Barcelona sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta believes referee was perfectly positioned to send off Athletic Bilbao's Fernando Amorebieta

Barcelona sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta reckons the referee was in the perfect position to make the call as to whether Fernando Amorebieta should have been given his marching orders in the 3-1 win over Athletic Bilbao on Saturday evening.

The defender came in late on Andres Iniesta as half-time approached, and the official saw fit to show Amorebieta a straight red for his actions.

Speaking to journalists at San Mames after the match, the former goalkeeper of both clubs said that no one in the stadium had a better view of the incident than the referee, proclaiming: “From above, I could not appreciate the tackle very well, as it has happened very quickly, but the referee was very close.”

Zubizarreta also expressed his joy at being involved in such an exciting battle between two clubs where he showcased his talents as a player, and left the stadium with a comment that highlighted his affection for both teams.

“This is a game that was played out in my house. Athletic love me very much, but now I want to win with my new club forever.”

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