Guardiola: It's a bit late in the season to start giving us penalties

The Blaugrana coach has taken aim at the referees in La Liga in the wake of their victory over Malaga, before congratulating Real Madrid on winning the league title
Pep Guardiola has hinted that Barcelona deserved more spot kicks over the course of the 2011-12 season as he hit out at the standard of refereeing in Spain's top flight in the wake of the Catalans' 4-1 Liga victory over Malaga at Camp Nou on Wednesday.

The Blaugrana were awarded two penalties against the Boquerones, but Guardiola feels it is too late to make up for previous mistakes.

"Two penalties? Now it's not really needed anymore. It's a bit late in the season to start giving us penalties," Guardiola stated to 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 champions Real Madrid by seven points with two more games to go.