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Barcelona keeper Valdes: Messi needs better protection from refs

Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes has called for referees to do more to protect ball players like Lionel Messi. The Argentine suffered ankle ligament damage after a roughhouse tackle from Atletico Madrid defender Tomas Ujfalusi last night.

Speaking after the 2-1 win, Valdes said: "We're worried about him (Messi) and want to know what injury he has. I hope it is not an important thing.

"We must protect such players, not only him but footballers who play in such a fashion because the tackling can be a disgrace if referees are so permissive as what happened today."

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