Barca Star: I Was Insulted Three Times By El Clasico Ref
FC Barcelona Star: I Was Insulted Three Times By El Clasico Referee
An FC Barcelona star has claimed he was insulted "three times" by the match official who was in charge of El Clasico in Miami on Sunday.
The Blaugrana handed Real Madrid their third straight pre-season loss as they walked away 3-2 winners in their final game of the International Champions Cup tournament.
Croatian playmaker Ivan Rakitic was seen having stern words with referee Jair Marrufo throughout the game, and the player spoke about their second-half confrontation after the encounter.
"People who know me are aware that it is difficult to wind me up but the referee did," Rakitic said, as quoted by the Daily Mirror.
"He insulted me quite strongly, three times. I usually have a lot of respect for them but when they don't show it to me, then I don't like it."
The midfielder, who played 73 minutes of the match before being substituted, scored one of his team's three goals on the night.
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