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Atletico Madrid's Filipe Luis accuses La Liga of protecting Lionel Messi

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Atletico Madrid defender Filipe Luis believes La Liga shows favouritism and protection towards Barcelona ace Lionel Messi.

The Brazilian full-back was shown red in January for a tackle made on Messi during a 2-1 defeat at the Camp Nou, which saw Atletico lose ground in their title pursuit.

However, whilst Luis accepts the fact he was right to be dismissed, he believes the incident was dealt with differently because of the victim involved.


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He told Esporte Interactivo, as per the Daily Mail: "It was a red, it was no mistake by the referee, it was a just red. I left the field, served my suspension and that was it.”

"It’s something you see in every game but because it was with Messi and he is the protégé of the press and the league, obviously nobody wants one of the best players of all time out and for the people to miss the opportunity to see him playing, and so he created all this."

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The Brazil international did hail the genius of Messi, but insisted he was just doing his job when making the tackle.

"If you give Messi a metre, he’ll snatch the ball and leave you behind," he continued. "My objective is to be intense so he can’t do anything."

Luis' comments have since been heard by La Liga president Javier Tebas, who spoke out in defence of the Spanish top-flight.

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He told AS, according to ESPN: "For us, all the players are protected in La Liga.

"We don’t differentiate between Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo or a player from Rayo Vallecano. We are creating a global league and the big and small clubs all matter to us."

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