LaLiga News: Laporta fined for skirmish with referees after El Clasico defeat

    Barcelona president Joan Laporta has been fined €602 for breaking into the referee’s dressing room after his team lost 3-1 to Real Madrid in El Clasico on Sunday.

    Goals from Karim Benzema and Federico Valverde in the first half sent Barcelona into a 2-0 deficit at half-time, but Ferran Torres’ strike with seven minutes to go gave the visitors hope.

    However, this was soon cleared up as a VAR check led to a penalty in Madrid after Eric Garcia tripped Rodrigo, who scored from the penalty spot to give his side three points and doom Xavi’s side to defeat.

    The result provoked a furious reaction from Laporta, who clashed with referee José María Sánchez Martínez in the referees’ dressing room after the match.

    The competition committee fined him on Wednesday, citing article 133 of the disciplinary code, which deals with non-compliance with orders, as well as article 255, which provides for access to dressing rooms when they cannot be subject to potential sanctions.

    Sunday’s defeat saw Madrid jump Barça to the top of La Liga, another blow for Laporta’s side after their Champions League hopes were left in the balance following a 3-3 home draw against Inter on last week.

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