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Ibrahimovic resonates Mourinho's belief that referees favor Barcelona

April 4, 2012 - London

AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has said referees in Europe favor Barcelona, following his team's 3-1 loss and exit from the Champions League at the hands of the Spanish Giants at Camp Nou.

Barcelona was handed two penalties, which Lionel Messi converted expertly, and Ibrahimovic resonated Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho's belief that Barca's European success has been helped by match officials, following a disputed penalty decision.

The Swedish international, since his first return to the Camp Nou, where he spent one season, was appalled by shocking refereeing decisions.

"I'm just disgusted. They are the best team in the world but at 1-1 and, playing with intelligence, you can do something. (But) I understand better why Mourinho gets upset every time he plays here - in my opinion it was not fair," The Telegraph quoted Ibrahimovic, as saying.

Milan players were left hard done by when Dutch referee Bjorn Kuipers booked Alessandro Nesta in the 40th minute for tugging down Sergio Busquets inside the area, as the pair tussled during a corner kick.

It was the kind of shirt pulling that often goes unpunished in top games, and started well before the corner had been taken.

"The ball wasn't in play and he called it. It was weird and odd it ruined the game. I still don't understand what he whistled. If he calls those he should call the others. Without him the game would have been 50-50," he said.


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