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Angry Atletico Star Insists Refs Give Barca Special Treatment

Atletico Madrid fullback Filipe Luis has accused UEFA and its referees of protecting FC Barcelona after his side's 2-1 loss in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final.

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The Brazilian was left fuming when referee Felix Brych sent off Fernando Torres after two careless challenges but then failed to dismiss Luis Suarez when the Uruguayan kicked out at Atletico right back Juanfran.

"The referees protect Barcelona," Luis said, according to Sport.

"There's fear at UEFA that they could go out. All this is sad, two fouls from a forward, two yellow cards and this changed the whole game.

"In the league game, for a kick on Messi, I was correctly sent off, but I don't know what these guys have to do to get sent off like us.

"I was crucified for that and an aggression without the ball is a red card, but I don't know what they have to do."

Atletico manager Diego Simeone was also left frustrated with the referee's performance on the night, but felt he could not say what he wanted to in front of the press.

"I can't say what I want… I need to think about what I'm saying so I don't say anything I shouldn't," the Argentine said after the match.

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Suarez scored twice to help the Catalan club come from behind to establish a 2-1 lead over the Rojiblancos in the tie.

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