Real Madrid won, and now Barcelona are paying to promote tweets complaining about the refs

Barcelona, Ronald Koeman (Photo by David S. Bustamante/Soccrates/Getty Images)
Barcelona, Ronald Koeman (Photo by David S. Bustamante/Soccrates/Getty Images) /

As if Real Madrid beating Barcelona in three straight Clasicos weren’t embarrassing enough for La Blaugrana, Real’s eternal rivals have managed to stoop to a new low in the aftermath of their latest defeat.

We already saw how Barcelona relentlessly complained about the officiating. Ronald Koeman, the head of incompetence and the latest thoroughly unimpressive hire by the club, already used that tactic after the first Clasico, which Real won 3-1. This past Saturday, we heard word that Koeman and Gerard Pique accosted the referee after the match. Recall that Pique didn’t even play and has already been in hot water with La Liga this season for complaining about biased officiating in Real’s favor (in a game that had nothing to do with Barça).

And now, the club itself has stooped to a new low.

They are now paying Twitter to promote a tweet in which Ronald Koeman complains that Barça should have received a penalty.

Barcelona still think Martin Braithwaite should have won a penalty in their 2-1 loss to Real Madrid

The particular incident referenced occurred late in the match when substitute Martin Braithwaite flung himself on the ground after his arm came into contact with Ferland Mendy’s arm. That is never a penalty, let alone an incident meriting complaints and social media promotion after the match.

Embarrassing, right?

Anyone familiar with Barcelona’s account on Twitter knows how unprofessionally it is run, to the point where even many Barcelona fans are embarrassed by their tweets. (Remember that time they erased Neymar from the Remontada footage?) So this is the latest misstep by the club on social media.

Instead of complaining about the referees for the umpteenth time this season as if there is some conspiracy against one of the biggest clubs in the world, Koeman and his crew should focus on the title race at hand.

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Complaining about officials, who already receive too much abuse in the social media age and rarely get credit for their extremely difficult jobs, is never a good luck. And we would like to hold ourselves to the same standards as a Real Madrid site. Madridistas should take notice of how embarrassing a “practice” this can be. We do not want to become a fanbase or a club associated with this kind of behavior, even if it isn’t as egregious as paying to promote tweets for a quite dubious penalty shout.