Barcelona defender Ronaldo Araujo caused controversy by deliberately touching the ball with his hand during the team’s league match against Getafe, which ended in a goalless draw.
Barça were trapped in a draw in the first leg of the season in the Spanish league for the second consecutive season and managed to exit the Alfonso Pérez Stadium with only one point.
There were many refereeing errors in the match which resulted in Xavi being sent off after a protest from the fourth referee and he would be suspended for two matches.
Araujo reveals why he touched the ball and was annoyed by the wasted allowance
The exciting events of the match between Barça and Getafe witnessed Ronaldo Araujo deliberately touching the ball, which angered analysts during an analytics studio attacking the referee for not showing him a warning.
The Barcelona defender revealed the reason for the touch during a televised interview after the match, saying: “I thought the ball was outside and I wanted to put it inside the field, so I caught the ball with my hands.”
And when asked about the lost time in the match, he replied: “Physically, it’s very hard. You arrive in the 90th minute and then you see that there are 11 or 12 extra minutes. It’s also difficult in such a difficult season.” “You have to adapt, this is modern football. There are no excuses.”