Fun fact: Jesus Gil Manzano sends off Barca players 6 times more often than Real Madrid's

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Fun fact: Jesus Gil Manzano sends off Barca players 6 times more often than Real Madrid's

For some reason, Jesus Gil Manzano gets too excited when officiating Barca games and there may be some truth to Gerard Pique’s stinging opinion about this referee.

Just last night, Manzano brandished four yellow cards and two red ones to Barcelona in the win against Osasuna.

We did some digging and discovered that Manzano has handed out six straight red cards to our players in only the 33 Barca games he's officiated. On four more occasions, he’s sent a Barca player off through a second yellow card – just like he did to Lewandowski on Tuesday night.

The six times Manzano showed a direct red card to a Barca player.

Now we’re going to get slightly controversial as we’ve also dug out Manzano’s record against Real Madrid. Against them, Manzano has been a lot more lenient.

He's only shown one straight red card to a Real Madrid player in 42 games. Also, Manzano has only sent off a Madrid player three times for a second bookable offence.

The only time Manzano showed a direct red card to a Real Madrid player happened in 2019.

To get slightly more controversial, the referee has whistled 14 penalties in Madrid’s favour in 42 games but 6 penalties in Barca’s favour in 33 games.

Maybe Joan Laporta should start sending Jesus Gil Manzano our branded Barca plastic bags so he doesn’t just walk around with Real Madrid-branded bags. 

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