Barcelona keeper Victor Valdes has leapt to the defence of international colleague Iker Casillas, insisting that the Real Madrid shot-stopper was unfortunate to see red in the match against Espanyol.
Casillas was involved in an incident with Blanc I Blau striker Jose Callejon in the first minute of the match, and the referee dismissed him to record Los Blancos’ fastest red in the history of La Liga.
Madrid have decided to appeal the decision, and speaking to the media yesterday, Valdes said he feels that they may have a case.
He stated: “I have saw the incident repeatedly and I do not think the expulsion was fair. The players did not seem to be in direct contact, but I understand that it was difficult for the referee to make this decision.”
Valdes also commented to COM Radio about the Blaugrana’s lead at the top of the table being reduced to five points, adding: “We still think the same way, we depend on us, and both sides have complicated games so we must continue. The game in Madrid will be important, but will not decide anything in the end.”