Amid the controversial Champions League comeback by Barcelona over Paris Saint-Germain at the Camp Nou, a petition has been launched to make the two teams replay the match.
Far from dying down, Deniz Aytekin's performance keeps on receiving more critics.
Thus, a fan named Luis Melendo has expressed his desire for the duel to be replayed by initiating a petition on Change.org, the world's largest platform to mobilize support.
Almost 3000 people have signed the petition, which lists 13 questionable calls by Aytekin.
- Minute 2: Offside goal by Luis Suarez
- Minute 11: Uncalled penalty on Javier Mascherano after using his hands inside the box.
- Minute 23: Red card not given to Pique.
- Minute 42: What should have been a second yellow for Gerard Pique turned into Edinson Cavani being booked.
- Minute 45: Three and a half minutes of added time.
- Minute 48: Non-existent penalty on Neymar, who deliberately seeks contact.
- Minute 54: Neymar simulates a penalty again. A card was not issued.
- Minute 64: Act of aggression by Neymar, who deserved to be sent off.
- Minute 78: Hand-ball by Pique inside the box. Not called.
- Minute 85: Uncalled penalty on Mascherano for taking down Angel Di Maria inside the box.
- Minute 89: Blatant dive by Suarez that somehow earned a penalty.
- Minute 90: Five minutes of added time (or until Barcelona score)
- Minute 92: Suarez deserved to be shown a second yellow card for simulating a penalty.
Aytekin allegedly said 'f**k you' to PSG players at Camp Nou
After his controversial performance during Barcelona's historical comeback against Paris Saint-Germain, German official Deniz Aytekin remains in the eye of the storm.
Two of the Blaugrana's six goals came from a pair of questionable penalties, while an edgy tackle inside Marc-Andre Ter Stegen's box by Javier Mascherano wasn't given as a foul.
Not only that, but French paper 'Le Parisien' claims Aytekin was rude towards the visitors all match long, having allegedly said 'f*ck you' to them on several occasions.
The president of the Paris based club, Nasser Al-Khelaifi, hasn't hesitated in blaming the referee for their loss.
"It's hard not to think the outcome of the tie would have been different if we had competent officiating," he said.
"There is so much at stake, referees must be aware of it.
"Nerves and numbness are not acceptable at this stage of the competition.
"Everybody saw the penalty suffered by Di Maria, which would have seen the score at 3-2.
"I would rather not comment on [Luis] Suarez's penalty."
The five ups and five downs for Zidane at Real Madrid
The home straight is pulling into view for the 2016/17 campaign and Real Madrid have plenty to feel optimistic about as well as a few areas of concern.
Here, we run down the five biggest positives and negatives for Zinedine Zidane at this point of the season.
1: Trophy hunt. With Napoli successfully bypassed in the last-16 of the Champions League, Los Blancos put themselves into the quarter-finals for the seventh year in a row. Competing on that front is being combined with a sturdy LaLiga title challenge that has Real ripe for silverware in the coming months.
2: Back of the net. It almost doesn't matter who is playing or who the opponents are; Madrid score goals. Bagging in 47 consecutive games, Zidane's side are on an impressive run in front of the net with Fabio Coentrao the only outfield player yet to score.
3: Fringe stars. The Frenchman's rotation mantra has pulled the entire squad into the spotlight and the majority of players have responded impeccably when called upon.
4: Happy dressing room. Much of Zidane's success has been down to his ability to master the dressing room and guarantee good morale. With his personable style and impeccable playing history, the coach commands excellent authority at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.
5: Captain fantastic. Zidane is getting the best out of Sergio Ramos in front of goal, with the defender used as a superb Plan B option to great effect in matches big and small.
1: BBC burnout. While Karim Benzema was able to dispel discussions over his form with a brace at Eibar, his colleagues have been less impressive. Gareth Bale is yet to hit full fitness after his ankle injury and Cristiano Ronaldo was accused of failing to help his defence in the win over Napoli.
2: Defensive woes. Keylor Navas' goal is hardly one of the better protected in Europe and the Partenopei attacked with ease in midweek. Although there is no particular defender who can be immune from this criticism, the lackadaisical attitude of the entire team is a worry.
3: Tactical instability. Even when putting aside Zidane's failed three-man defence, the Frenchman is still unable to pick the 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1 as his best formation. The former allows BBC to act to its full potential but creates large gaps across the pitch, and Real's star strikers must be sacrificed for the 4-2-3-1 to be a success, as James Rodriguez and Lucas Vazquez come into their own in that setup.
4: Unsettled playmakers. Keeping both Isco and Rodriguez happy appears to be an impossibility for Zidane. At the heart of the issue is that the coach doesn't deploy a central attacking midfielder, condemning two of Madrid's most talented players to a compromise, or worse, the bench.
5: Is Marcelo worth it? Injury problems persist with the Brazilian left-back and without continual game time, his form suffers greatly. Perhaps the biggest part of this issue is the inadequacy of Fabio Coentrao as the only natural back-up option in this position.
Aytekin's meme trolls Messi's celebration with Barcelona supporters
The image of Lionel Messi celebrating the comeback against Paris Saint-Germain with the fans of Barcelona has been seen around the world over the last few days, however, it has now become a meme of referee Deniz Aytekin.
A controversial performance from the German official has attracted much criticism, and Mexican photographer Santiago Garces' excellent photo will now be seen in an entirely different way.
PSG President Al Khelaifi sends a message after embarrassing loss
Despite the overwhelming 6-1 scoreline and dramatic scenes from Wednesday night, Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al Khelaifi is still fully supporting Unai Emery as coach, although that hasn't stopped him from voicing his criticisms and worrying about the long-term implications for his ambitious sporting project.
Truth be told, Emery is without a doubt under pressure, especially given the fact that his team continue to trail in Ligue 1 domestic play aside from getting knocked out of the Champions League.
"Unai Emery works very hard every day for this team to improve and progress," Al Khelaifi said. "Now we must extract as many lessons as possible from this defeat and react rationally.
"Emery has all the qualities in which we believe and he has my total support."
Nonetheless, some changes and analysis did leave the Spanish coach in a less favourable light.
"We will discuss changes that need to be made mid-season," he continued. "The strength of a great club is to maintain a cool head and to be united in the difficult moments.
"The club was not up to the test. You can't help but think that the result could have been different with better refereeing."
The French press attacked the players, coach, staff - everyone - for the shocking display, although the PSG boss believes this to be too harsh and unwarrented.
"Great players don't judge a club based on one performance," he concluded. "They look at the global picture.
"They see a great team with a magnificent stadium whose atmosphere is getting better and better."
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