Do La Liga refs give value for money?


La Liga clubs, fed up of numerous controversial refereeing decisions this season, are now starting to question whether officials are earning their money.

Unsurprisingly, it is Real Madrid and Barcelona that have been involved in most of the arguments this term, with the Catalan club showing a previously unseen side of its character with several complaints about decisions. As early as the first month of the 2011-12 campaign La Blaugrana made it known they felt aggrieved at having had penalty appeals for fouls on Lionel Messi turned down in 2-2 draws at Real Sociedad and Valencia.

The Argentine then had what looked like a valid goal disallowed for offside in a 1-0 defeat at Getafe in November, while Barca were further incensed when Turienzo

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