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Ex-ref Poll: Barcelona penalty was legit

Former Premier League ref Graham Poll says Manchester City can have no complaints over Barcelona's penalty last night.

Poll wrote in the Daily Mail: "Barcelona's penalty was rightly awarded. Perhaps referee Jonas Eriksson missed a foul by Sergio Busquets on Jesus Navas before the Barca attack, but these things happen in football.

"What cannot be disputed is that Martin Demichelis fouled Lionel Messi fully in the knowledge that the Argentine was through and would most likely have scored. It was a clear red card.

"There was a question over the exact position of the foul. I was taught that experienced defenders make last ditch tackles knowing they are just outside the area.

"However, in my opinion contact continued until at least the line marking the penalty area and further, meaning awarding a penalty was a correct decision."

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