Petition for Barcelona's win over PSG to be replayed passes 180,000 mark

A fan has cited referee Deniz Aytekin’s performance in the encounter as a good enough reason to have the remarkable comeback wiped from the record


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A petition calling for Barcelona’s 6-1 win over Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League to be replayed has received the support of over 180,000 signatures.

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Barca appeared to be on their way out of the competition after they lost 4-0 to the Ligue 1 side in the first-leg of their second round tie. However, Luis Enrique’s men became the first team to overcome a first-leg deficit of that magnitude when they demolished PSG at Camp Nou.

Referee Deniz Aytekin was heavily criticised for his performance in the game, giving the home side two penalties, and reports circulated that he could be demoted as a result.

While PSG fans felt aggrieved at some of his decisions, one man, Luis Melendo Olmedo, wants the thriller at Camp Nou to be repeated.

The request was set up on Change.org, which allows people to post various petitions on issues such as women’s rights, immigration, war and discrimination.

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According to Olmedo, the thrilling encounter must be revisited because of “incidents that seriously damaged PSG as a result of the German referee Deniz Aytekin, who gave Barcelona an advantage with his refereeing decisions”.

On Sunday, Barcelona were beaten 2-1 by Deportivo in a surprise loss that saw them surrender top spot in la Liga to rivals Real Madrid.

The Blancos – who host Barca on April 23 in the second Clasico of 2016-17 – are two points clear of Lionel Messi and Co. with a game in hand.