Live Soccer TV

Live Soccer TV App for iOS
Live Soccer TV App for Android
UEFA Euro2016
Northern Ireland
Ireland Republic
 Jun 25 9am  Jun 25 12pm  Jun 25 3pm  Jun 26 9am  Jun 26 12pm  Jun 26 3pm  Jun 27 12pm  Jun 27 3pm
Copa America Centenario 2016 USA 0-4 Argentina 
Semifinal 1 - Jun 21 9pm
Colombia 0-2 Chile 
Semifinal 2 - Jun 22 8pm
USA vs Colombia 
3rd place match - Jun 25 8pm
Argentina vs Chile 
Final - Jun 26 8pm

Arsenal 2-1 Barcelona Highlight: Referee Plots Against Barca As Arsenal Steal Win – True Or False?

February 17, 2011 By Isaac Asante
There is no need for arguments; Arsenal’s 2-1 victory over Barcelona yesterday in the Champions League was just unfair as a wrongly disallowed goal from Lionel Messi turned the match in Arsenal’s favour.

Barcelona's Lionel Messi was incorrectly disallowed a clean goal against Arsenal in the Champions League at the Emirates StadiumArsenal 2-1 Barcelona highlights: Lionel Messi was ONSIDE

In world football, one of the offside rule conditions is: When a player is ahead of the opposing defence but behind the ball at the time his colleague gives him possession, then the player receiving the ball is onside.

At the 37th minute of the crucial Champions League match yesterday, Barcelona were stolen a vital opportunity to go 2-0 up at the Emirates against Arsenal. The referee wrongly ruled out a clean goal by the Argentine Lionel Messi.

Opportunely, there is a convincing video evidence from 101 Great Goals, which shows the full combination of moves between Messi and Villa, leading to the cancelled goal. Watch the short, but credible highlight below:


Arsenal 2-1 Barcelona: Referee Nicola Rizzoli and ‘The Plot’

So, just as the video evidence above ends all speculations upon the genuineness of Lionel Messi’s goal, it is clear that Referee Nicola Rizzoli’s decision turned out to be the source of Arsenal’s victory. Should Barca had been allowed to go 2-0 up deservedly in the first period, who knows what the remainder of the game would have produced?

Certainly, the Spanish titans were incorrectly denied some momentum; but conversely, it was Arsenal who were given the chance to keep believing in a comeback, since the first half only separated the two sides by a goal margin. In any case, the English giants and their fans are now celebrating one of their greatest achievements under the leadership of Arsene Wenger, while the Spanish media have already formed a huge saga of conspiracy against Barcelona—involving Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho.

Referee Nicola Rizzoli, a friend of the Special One

Arsenal 2-1 Barcelona: Referee Nicola robs Barca's Lionel MessiWe saw it last year, when Referee Olegário Benquerença boldly robbed the then-defending European champions Barcelona at Inter Milan’s San Siro in the Champions League’s semi-finals. The Portuguese official’s act was thus portrayed as the result of an agreement between him and his “beloved” fellow-Portuguese star Jose Mourinho.

With a rude suppression in Italy in the first leg, Barcelona went on to lose their Champions League final tickets to the Serie A title holders; and sadly for them, they are about to suffer yet another complicated disqualification from the Champions League this season. In fact, Referee Nicola Rizzoli is known to have friendly relations with the current Real Madrid coach, but there is obviously no proof that he received instructions from his Portuguese friend to deceive the Catalans.

Rizzoli and the so-called plan against Barcelona

Perhaps, the Spanish media and Barcelona supporters may be failing to see the true side of what occurred yesterday. It appears emotions have pushed them to assume what an Arsenal fan may describe as “exaggerated”; but in effect, they have the right to suppose whatever they want, since the truth has yet to be revealed.

Definitely, it makes sense to believe that an exit from the Champions League would take away much of Barcelona’s power this season—hence giving Real Madrid a boost of mental strength. With the Copa del Rey final getting closer and closer, each and every match on Los Blancos and Los Cules’ list of fixtures is highly significant.

This seems right, yet Real Madrid have never openly wished their archrivals bad luck in contests this season, and the idea of a plot from the Real Madrid boss and the Italian referee against Barcelona looks quite outlandish, at this point in time. Paradoxically, it might even be that Rizzoli simply made a mistake, as the play at the 37th minute was moving at an elevated level of speed.

Furthermore, neither Lionel Messi himself, nor his teammates complained to the referee after the cancelation of the goal. Nonetheless, even then, it is a shame that Barcelona accepted their weird “fatality” with ignorance.

Barcelona can rely on their away goal in the Barcelona vs Arsenal return-leg match of the Champions LeagueArsenal 2-1 Barcelona: Concentrating On The Second Leg

So regardless of everything, what is already done cannot be reversed; and therefore, moving on is Barcelona’s only option. Arsenal are presently the team with the advantage ahead of the return leg at the Camp Nou, but the Blaugrana could make the most out of their spared away goal.

The year 2010 saw Barca disgrace the Gunners 4-1 in their home subsequent to an unmatchable display from Lionel Messi; nevertheless, Arsenal are no longer the weak soldiers that they used to be, and they will be alert come March 8. The referee for this big match will without doubts be under deep scrutiny, but so will the Barca players, and the defenders of Arsenal.

See what happened in the second leg:
Barcelona 3-1 Arsenal - Controversy

Live Soccer TV App
Follow the game on the go
Download the Live Soccer TV App for
iPhone and Android
Live Soccer TV App for iOSLive Soccer TV App for Android

Newsletter Signup »

Email: Why Signup?

Copa América Live Streaming and TV Schedule

Copa América on TV and Online in USA
Copa America Live Streaming on fuboTV
Copa America Live Streaming on Sling TV
Watch Copa América live   »

Euro 2016 Live Streaming and TV Schedule

Euro 2016 on ESPN in USA
Euro 2016 on US TV
Euro 2016 on Sling TV
Euro 2016 on ESPN
Euro 2016 on TV
Watch Euro 2016 live            »