Celtic fans were left seething after a disappointing 6-0 defeat to Atletico Madrid in the Champions League on Tuesday night. While the loss was undoubtedly a tough pill to swallow, supporters were particularly irked by what they perceived as questionable officiating throughout the match.
One incident that left fans incensed occurred in the first half when Atletico’s Pablo Barrios executed a studs-up challenge on Celtic’s Kyogo Furuhashi. To the astonishment of many, the referee did not even brandish a yellow card for this potentially dangerous tackle, a decision that raised eyebrows, especially considering a similar foul had just minutes earlier seen Daizen Maeda of Celtic sent off.
As Celtic struggled to regain their footing in the game, Antoine Griezmann opened the scoring for Atletico Madrid just six minutes in. While the Hoops initially held their own, the Spanish giants turned on the heat in the last half-hour, adding three more goals to secure a convincing victory.
The result left Celtic languishing at the bottom of their Champions League group, with just one point to their name and matches against Lazio and Feyenoord still to play. Understandably, fans were disappointed by the outcome, but many believed that the poor officiating had played a significant role in the defeat.
Some fans lamented that Celtic should learn to play the game like “top sides,” suggesting that Kyogo needed to do more to influence the referee’s decisions. Others, however, argued that the controversial call would not have altered the ultimate outcome of the match and pointed out that Celtic had more pressing concerns to address.
Despite the defeat and officiating woes, Celtic fans continue to stand by their team, hoping for better results in the future and a fairer officiating in upcoming matches.
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