'This is not football' – Bitter Rodri launches savage attack on Scotland after his Spain side lose 2-0 in Euro Qualifier | The Sun
MANCHESTER CITY star Rodri launched a scathing attack on Scotland after they defeated Spain on an epic night at Hampden.
Man United’s Scott McTominay was the hero for Steve Clake’s side for the second-straight Euro qualifier.
After his matchwinning two-goal display over Cyprus, the midfielder grabbed another brace as Scotland beat the Spaniards 2-0 in front of a raucous Hampden crowd on Tuesday.
Rodri, 26, was captained La Roja and struggled to contain his frustration during the post-match interview as he accused the Scots of gamesmanship.
While speaking to Viaplay, he claimed that the home side’s approach was “a bit rubbish” as he also blasted the officials.
Rodri fumed: “For me, it's a bit rubbish because it's always wasting time. They provoke you. They always fall.
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“This is for me not football. The referee has to take part of this and he says nothing.
“It's frustrating because we want to win, because you waste time, you waste time. But they have their weapons and we will learn for the next time.”
Scotland’s Andy Robertson was booked in the opening period following a clash with Pedro Porro that resulted in the Spain defender going down clutching his face.
The visitors then also had a number of penalty appeals waved away – with veteran Spain forward throwing himself to the ground in a tantrum.
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And when it was put to Rodri that many Scottish may believe that it was in fact Spain that were doing most of the play acting and falling to the ground, the star replied: “We always fight, but this is not about fighting.
“It's about wasting time, four, five players on the floor. This depends on the referees, it doesn't depend on us.”
However, delighted supporters were quick to hit back at the star on Twitter after his comments with Scotland sitting top of the group with six points from their opening two matches.
One tweeted: “Rodri. What a sore loser.”
Another wrote: “Rodri – dry your eyes man.”
A fellow fan commented: “Rodri – 'they always fall.' Dry your eyes mate. Haha, and the interviewer pulls him up about it.”
While another added: “Rodri is on telly the now moaning about us going to ground too easy as well. Said it with a straight face and everything.”
Meanwhile, Arsenal fans remain convinced that Rodri to injure two of their players ahead of their Premier League title run-in.
Rodri started in midfield in Spain's two Euro 2024 qualifying matches and had collisions with Arsenal's Martin Odegaard and Kieran Tierney.
Tierney ended up being subbed off on 76 minutes after a tough tackle during his side's stunning win.
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Thankfully for Arsenal fans, Odegaard saw out his match on Saturday but his Norway team were spanked 3-0 by Rodri and co.
Arsenal, who are currently eight points clear at the top of the table, head to the Etihad for what could be a title decider with the Cityzens on April 26.
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