LUIS ENRIQUE DEFENDS OFFICIALS

Barcelona boss Luis Enrique has refused to blame the standards of refereeing in the La Liga and insists referees need help to make more accurate decisions.

The quality of officiating in Spain’s top flight has come under the spotlight in recent weeks as a result of a number of debatable incidents and accusations of bias towards certain teams.

Luis Enrique, however, says referees and assistants should be given more support rather than publicly accusing them.

“I think it [the standard of officiating] is at a suitable level but they need help,” he told a news conference. “We all see the incidents for our team and never those of the opposition.

“They need help, not criticism.”

The Catalans were recently deprived of clear penalties by the officials in their 1-1 draw with Villareal.

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