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German FA applauds referee Deniz Aytekin's performance

The DFB backed the match official's refereeing at Camp Nou - in contrast to the press, who claimed he "aided Barça's comeback". Aytekin has refused to comment
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Verrati protesta a Aytekin, árbitro del Barça-PSG.
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The questionable performance of German-Turkish referee Deniz Aytekin during last night's nail-biting Champions League return leg between Barça and PSG didn't go amiss in Germany. Just hours after the Azulgranas' epic 6-1 comeback, the German Football Federation (DFB) gave a favourable verdict on the match official's game. Sources at the DFB told AS that Aytekin's performance at Camp Nou was "very good" and justified his decision to award a penalty for a foul on Luis Suárez on 90 minutes saying that the infringement complied with the regulations.

Deniz Aytekin
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Referee Aytekin refuses to comment on Barcelona game

Aytekin himself prefers to keep a low profile and refuses to make any comments about his performance or the criticism he has received - in line with UEFA rules which prohibit referees from making declarations, but a number of pundits in Germany have aired their feelings. Lothar Matthäus said: "It was never a penalty on Suárez", while Robert Lewandowski's Bundesliga agent Maik Barthel was more scathing, saying: "That Aytekin blew for a penalty is scandalous". Elsewhere on Twitter, another commentator noted: “Everyone knows that Barcelona's miracle was only possible thanks to Deniz Aytekin. I think he can probably forget about taking holidays in France for the rest of his life...“

Aytekin pita este penalti inexistente a Suárez en el 90'.
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Aytekin pita este penalti inexistente a Suárez en el 90'.FERNANDO ZUERASDIARIO AS

German press criticizes Aytekin

The German press was no less forgiving with daily Tagesspiegel running the headline: "Aytekin helped Barcelona's comeback. Prestigious newspaper Handelsblatt added: "Aytekin, under the microscope after Barça's 6-1 win" while 11Freunde described the Suárez penalty as "a joke - a bad one at that" and went on to add: ”It was a brutal decision, the referee Deniz Aytekin was conned by Luis Suárez and clearly could not tolerate any more whinging and theatrics from the Uruguayan".

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