In the November match between FC Barcelona and Osasuna (2: 1) Robert Lewandowski was punished with a red card. As he left the pitch, he grabbed his nose, which was later considered an insulting gesture towards referee Jesus Gil Manzano. For this reason, the Pole was suspended for three matches in the Spanish league.
In Spain, they compare the gestures of Lewandowski and Vinicius. “Same Situation, Different Team”
In Sunday’s match between Real Madrid and Mallorca (0: 1), Vinicius Junior was very often involved in polemics with referee Alejandro Hernandez Hernandez. The winger would wave his arms, stop on the pitch, burst out laughing and show that he disagreed with his decisions. In the second half, with a very eloquent gesture, he suggested to the referee that he start using the whistle.
The Brazilian’s behavior was widely commented on in Spain. Some compared his behavior with that of Lewandowski, who was severely punished for his gesture. The Real Madrid player did not receive even a yellow card, which could have serious consequences, as he received such a warning for a foul in the first half. “Three match suspension for Lewandowski, no red card for Vinicius. Same situation, different team,” we read on Barca Universal’s Twitter account.
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In the meeting with Mallorca, Vinicius was the hero of one more controversial situation. As he was leaving for the break, the Mallorca fans started shouting at him. Then the player ostentatiously kissed the Real Madrid crest, which the “Sport” newspaper later described as a “nasty gesture”. After the match, Vinicius was approached by one of the rivals, brought the Mallorca crest close to his face and suggested that the Brazilian kiss him.
After Real’s defeat to Mallorca, FC Barcelona had a chance to escape their eternal rival in the La Liga table by eight points. And so it happened, thanks to the 3-0 win over Sevilla. Robert Lewandowski played full-time, the Spanish media are not clear in their assessment of his performance.
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