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Umtiti lucky to avoid a second booking for sarcastic clapping

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Umtiti lucky to avoid a second booking for sarcastic clapping

Umtiti debió ser expulsado tras ver una amarilla y aplaudir.

The Barça defender was booked by referee Martinez Munuera for wasting time, and was lucky to escape a second yellow after he sarcastically clapped the decision.

Referee Martínez Munuera let Samuel Umtiti off the hook in the 81st minute of Barcelona's hard-fought victory over Athletic Club at San Mamés. 

Umtiti gets away with sarcastic applause

The centre-half was shown a yellow card for time-wasting and responded to that decision by sarcastically applauding the referee, a bookable offence. Yet Martínez Munuera did not reach back in to his pocket to brandish a second booking, despite vociferous protests from the Athletic players. Barcelona were winning 1-0 at the time. 

Iturralde González, resident referee at Diario AS, was unequivocal in his assessment: "The referee should have sent Umtiti off with a second yellow card for applauding his after showing a booking. It's thoughtless. It is possible that he was writing [Umtiti's name in respect of the booking] and did not see the defender's gesture."

Barcelona defender could face a ban 

Umtiti's misdemeanour comes three days after Fran Mérida of Osasuna was banned for three matches for committing a similar act.

LaLiga Santander

Table PTS W D L
1Barcelona 28 9 1 0
2Valencia 24 7 3 0
3Real Madrid 20 6 2 1
Full standing
Next matches
Barcelona - Sevilla S-04/11 20:45
Leganés - Barcelona D-19/11 17:00
Valencia - Barcelona D-26/11 17:00
Fixtures

*Update at 28 de octubre de 2017

LaLiga Santander

Table PTS W D L
1Barcelona 28 9 1 0
2Valencia 24 7 3 0
3Real Madrid 20 6 2 1
Full standing
Next matches
Barcelona - Sevilla S-04/11 20:45
Leganés - Barcelona D-19/11 17:00
Valencia - Barcelona D-26/11 17:00
Fixtures

*Update at 28 de octubre de 2017

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