Osasuna star slams referees
By Mark Kendall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Pablo Garcia claims Spanish referees target him because he is Uruguayan.
Osasuna midfielder Pablo Garcia has launched a blistering attack on Spanish referees by claiming they persecute him because he is a South American.
The 27-year-old Uruguayan was sent off for two bookable offences in Osasuna's 3-2 defeat at Atletico Madrid on Sunday and feels his nationality played a part in the decision.
Garcia has already seen, including the two against Atletico, 11 yellow cards this season and now faces his second suspension of the campaign.
The infuriated former Milan star remains adamant that officials in Spain target South American players unfairly.
"If there is any doubt they always send off the Uruguayan," he stormed.
"I already know that for every five games I play I will miss another one.
"Now I will serve a suspension for the red card, then I will play a game and I will see another yellow and will miss another game for collecting five yellows."
Garcia was offered support by his manager Javier Aguirre who also believes the player has become an easy target for referees.
"Pablo Garcia committed three fouls in the whole game and was sent off," he stated.
"Opponents know him and when they get close to him they feign a foul.
"It always happens, they know that it is very easy to get a foul and for him to be booked.
"In the game (against Atletico) he hardly committed a foul and was sent off."