Arsenals Robin Van Persie was left fuming by Massimo Busacca’s decision to show him a red card last night, a move which effectively ended Arsenals involvement in the competition.
Despite failing to register one shot all night, Arsenal were drawing 1-1 thanks to a Sergio Busquests own goal and looked in with a chance of seeing off the mighty Barcelona until Van Persie was played through by Fabregas.
Van Persie was adjudged to be offside, and the swiss referee blew his whistle one second before Van Persie hit his shot, and then gave him a second yellow card for kicking the ball away.
Despite over 95,000 screaming fans the referee felt Van Persie should somehow have had a weak whistle 50 years away, leaving the Gunners fuming and down to 10 men.
In the end Arsenal conceded two more goals, although they did have a chance to win the tie in the last minute when the brilliant Wilshere found Bendtner, who’s first touch let him down when it seemed easier to score.
Talking about the decision after the match, Van Persie didn’t hold back.
“It had a big influence,” he told Sky Sports,
“I think it was a total joke. How can I hear his whistle with 95,000 people jumping up? How can I hear it? Please explain that?
“I can’t understand the view from the ref. One second from his whistle to my shot is a joke. He has been bad all evening. He was against us. I don’t know why he was here tonight, it’s a joke.
“We feel betrayed, almost. We tried really hard. When it was 1-1 it was all to play for. But, in my opinion, the ref killed the game.”