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Porto boss Sergio Conceicao was not happy with the officiating against his side in the Champions League quarter-final clash at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium on Wednesday night.
The Blues won the game 2-0, and Conceicao believes that his side should have gotten a penalty in an incident involving Cesar Azpilicueta and a Porto forward, which the referee waved away. He also believes that Chelsea skipper Cesar Azpilicueta should have been shown a yellow card as well for numerous fouls made on his players.
According to Conceicao, his team was treated differently because they aren’t among the elites in Europe.
“We’re the only team in the quarter-finals of the Champions League that doesn’t belong to the five strongest leagues in Europe and you can feel that a little bit,” he explained after the game.
“[Cesar] Azpilicueta, for example, made many fouls and didn’t get a single yellow [card], and there’s a [possible] penalty [offence] on [Moussa] Marega.
“There were situations that clearly didn’t leave me satisfied and we felt that the refereeing left something to be desired.
“We don’t belong to the so-called ‘Big-5’ [leagues in Europe], but there has to be respect for a historic club like FC Porto.”