“It took me by surprise.” Luis Enrique did not want to hide his amazement when he was asked about the referee, Jose Luis Gonzalez Gonzalez, at a press conference ahead of the Athletic-Barça Wednesday’s match in the Spanish Supercopa.
He had his reasons to question the appointment, but his doubts have placed the referee from Castile and Leon back in the line of fire. Ernesto Valverde, who, at first, did not want to comment on Luis Enrique’s statement, came out and said that talking about the referees prior to kick-off “isn’t fair”.
The precedents do not help Jose Luis González González. He was one of those responsible for the tense match between Espanyol-Barcelona in Conrellà, which left Barça ranting and raving about the Budgerigars’s rough play.
A few days earlier, the referee was also interviewed at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. He conceded that he awarded two penalties to Madrid that did not exist and did not say a word about the foul committed by Pepe on Jonathas in the target area. That was not one of his best days.
To these two precedents, we must add a third, in which, however, he was not guilty for the final result. It was in the Athletic-Barcelona leg of the Supercopa of Spain, the famous 4-0, which ultimately prevented Luis Enrique’s Barça to win the sextet of trophies in 2015.
“Is he the referee of the Supercopa? Then, he’s the best choice for us!”