The Catalans were reduced to 10 men shortly before the break after Sergi Roberto hit Marcelo in the face, and Messi was still raging at the decision when the players entered the tunnel to go to their respective dressing rooms.
Real skipper Sergio Ramos had intimidated afterwards that he, and others, had witnessed Messi go to the referee, Alejandro Jose Hernandez Hernandez, and put pressure on him.
And Spanish radio station Onda Cero go one further, claiming that Messi went into a full rage, saying: Enough with gifting them things. You s*** your pants, you s*** your pants.
Youre always like this. You s*** your pants. We won the league, thats it. Theres no need for you to gift them the game. This is f****** bulls***!
Onda Cero also say that the referees response to Messis tirade was to simply lower his head and say nothing before retreating to the referees room.
Ramos brought up the exchange – though refused to recount what Messi said quite so vividly – after the game and felt it changed the referees mindset in a second half that saw the visitors denied a clear penalty.
The Spanish centre-back told Cope: We all saw Messi pressuring the referee in the tunnel during half-time.
Maybe thats why he didnt do well in the second half. I know what he said but Im not going to repeat it here.
Ramos added to Marca: Messi has put a little pressure in the tunnel. I do not know if there were cameras, I dont know if in the second half he will have done it in other ways.
Its football and everything has to be left on the field, as long as its not going to hurt you. You have to have that respect.
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