Youssef Ben Ali was mistakenly aligned against Torrelavega.
The match was postponed and the pivot was signed after the initial date of the match
It is the first defeat of the Barça in four years
The Barça of handball has returned to lose a league match four years later. Despite winning 41-28 to Bathco Torrelavega, the Royal Spanish Handball Federation has given the game for lost by improper alignment. During the clash, which was to be held on October 10 and ended up postponing to October 30, the culé team aligned the pivot Youssef Ben Ali, which arrived in Barcelona days later than the initial date scheduled for the match. As it was postponed, only those players who had a valid record on October 10 could play. These two points fit like a glove to the Torrelavega, which occupies the fourteenth position with 8 points, only ahead of Unicaja and Antequera.
In addition, the Competition Committee has punished the Catalan team with € 1,000 fine. This is the first league defeat after Granollers won at the Palau on matchday 28 of the 2017/2018 season, ending a 146-game hegemony and five years without losing. The Cantabrian club appealed the action after realizing it and Barça made the mistake.
FC Barcelona accepts its error in the alignment used against Bathco BM Torrelavega.
FC Barcelona accepts their mistake in the line-up against Bathco BM Torrelavega.
– Barça Handball (@FCBhandbol) December 1, 2021
Barça breached the Article 128 of the Regulations of the Spanish Federation which ensures that “in those matches whose postponement has been authorized by the competent body, for whatever reason, only those players and coaches who have a duly processed license may align themselves on the date originally scheduled in the official calendar of the corresponding competition, and / or that they were not subject to the fulfillment of disciplinary sanction ”.
The sports director of the Barça handball area has appeared before the club’s media to apologize “for a human error. It is not usual for a club like this to happen, but unfortunately it has happened and we can only apologize to the partner, ASOBAL and the opposing team. In no case has the intention been to manipulate a sports result. When you make a mistake you have to accept the consequences of this mistake and, therefore, we will accept the sporting consequences of this mistake, involuntary, but which has put us in this situation that we would never want to happen “.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.