UEFALONA Barca Bias & ‘Big’ Club Football Corruption Must Stop

“It is nonsense that everything is decided by a dive. I feel sad and sorry for the world of

“It is nonsense that everything is decided by a dive. I feel sad and sorry for the world of football. I’m so angry. It is a piece of pure Suarez theater. Why do we have officials behind goal if they can’t see?!”

Lars Lagerback, Norway manager



As the mainstream media fell over themselves midweek to hail Barcelona’s 6-1 victory over Paris St. Germain as “football’s greatest ever-comeback” having been 4-0 down from the 1st leg to qualify for the next round, a growing voice of EuroSceptics in the football world were shouting about a conspiracy theory known as UEFALONA.

UEFALONA is the theory that Barcelona FC consistently benefit from a referee bias especially in The UEFA Champions League, one subscribed to by leading figures in football including manager Jose Mourinho and former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba, both of whom have been on the receiving end of its injustice.

As the article title video clearly shows, several major calls for Barcelona on Wednesday night including two non-penalties awarded to the Catalan side and a stonewall penalty denied to Paris facilitated the unlikely response from a side soundly thrashed at the Parc De Princes just weeks earlier.

In the last 24 hours, it has emerged that referee Deniz Atyekin is likely to be demoted by UEFA Refs Chief Pierluigi Collina & will never referee such a high-profile clash again yet the damage and football – and financial injustice – has already been done.

Former England Captain and leading BBC pundit Alan Shearer wrote in his Coral article:

“The game between Barcelona and PSG was one of, if not the best comeback ever in European football..

but nobody has seemed to mention the Suarez dive. I don’t want to take anything from the game but don’t forget he had already been booked five minutes before that, also for diving, so he should have been sent off.”

Such bias has characterised Barcelona’s success in recent Champions League history no more so than this ‘disgrace’ (Drogba) of a refereeing performance in 2009:

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, who has also been had previously said he was ‘revolted’ by the performance of the referee in his team’s 5-1 loss to Bayern Munich a week earlier said:

‘Last night’s (Barcelona) fightback has shown the importance of two main factors of this kind of games, it’s the referee and very big players,’ said the Arsenal manager.

‘That sums it up.’

It is this galling influence even by even extra officials that casts the strongest light of suspicion upon activities surrounding Camp Nou both on and off the pitch.


Barcelona FC and its leading players are no strangers to corruption – Lionel Messi was sentenced to 21 months in prison for tax fraud in July 2016 though has yet to serve a day in prision – and Brazilian striker Neymar & his entourage have similarly been charged with fraudulent activity over his transfer fee from his native club Santos and will be similarly handed a prison sentence soon which he, in turn, will not be made to honour.

If a club and its players are willing and able to bend rules over taxes and transfer fees, what other rules are they willing to bend and break?

Such irregular decisions are by no means limited to Barcelona FC and Spanish or Champions League football.

The recent Capital One Cup Final between Manchester United and Southampton was marred by the disallowing of a clear onside goal by Saints striker Manolo Gabbiadini early in the game which denied the South coast club an early deserved lead, the trophy and the player a historic hat-trick.


Southampton legendary former player and now pundit Matt Le Tissier was absolutely furious and told Talk Sport:

“The history of football shows you the bigger clubs get a lot more decisions in their favour than the small ones.

“[If (Man) United had scored] it wouldn’t have been given offside, I genuinely think that. The flag wouldn’t have gone up in the first place.”

Yet if football – the original and most beautiful game – is anything but a meritocracy decided on the field by the best players abiding by the fairest laws then we really do not have any game at all as such bias means a closed system where clubs cannot become bigger or smaller.

Instead, we have a big, corrupt business in which big moneyed clubs, effectively huge corporations, are buying players illegally, who are in turn cheating on their own finances & those same clubs and players are cheating on the pitch with official help to benefit sponsors & companies generating huge income streams off it.

If money buys decisions & cheats prosper then the soul of the game has been lost and video replay technology must be brought into the sport as soon as possible to rectify on-pitch justice and football’s true majesty once more.

Instant replay technology has been used in the NFL since 1986 – the year Argentinian cheat Diego Maradona robbed England and the late, great Sir Bobby Robson of a Semi-Final in The World Cup Mexico 1986 by punching a ball into the net – and should have been introduced into football by now.

Why such readily-available technology hasn’t been introduced in an age when the average viewer at home equipped with a SKY or BT viewing channel and access to instant replays can referee better than the on-pitch officials is anyone’s guess and rouses the utmost suspicion.

Until video replay tehnology is introduced as part and parcel of the world’s most popular sport at the highest levels then football is no longer a game but a carefully-choreographed act of aided and abetted athletic and financial corruption. You’ll have to stay tuned to the best tech journalists for any updates on that

For the record, the following remains the greatest comeback in Champions League history… Happy Rafavserary at Newcastle, Senor Benitez. UEFALONA, we’re coming for your titles…





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