Clos Gómez got it wrong on Saturday afternoon when he awarded a late penalty to Barcelona, as television replays showed that Neymar was the first to handle the ball before Espanyol’s Javi López did so as well. Things that happen in a blink of an eyelid, but it cost the locals the three points and kept Barça in the title chase. Mascherano was also lucky to stay on the park after he caught López with an elbow on the edge of the area early on, Clos waving play on, but Pedro also thought he should have been given another spot-kick near the end.

Elsewhere Undiano Mallenco gave Elche a penalty for what he considered to be a foul by Perbet on Botía which many commentators felt was a 50/50 ball, and Alvarez Izquierdo did actually point to the spot when the ball hit Levante’s Navarro on the arm in the 12 th minute of the game at Granada, only to change his decision to a corner after consulting with his linesman. That’s what they are for though, we suppose? (01.04.14)

Name Games played Yellow cards Red cards Total
Teixeira Vitienes, J.A. 21 155 14 169
Fernández Borbolán 22 139 8 147
Mateu Lahoz 20 128 7 135
Clos Gómez 23 122 7 129
González González 21 120 8 128
Alvarez Izquierdo 21 116 11 127
Iglesias Villanueva 19 112 8 120
Teixeira Vitienes, F. 18 104 11 115
Muñiz Fernández 17 107 6 113
Gil Manzano 18 93 11 104