Why Robert Lewandowski stopped Barcelona captain Araújo from protesting Vitor Roque’s red card

An insight into an interesting exchange between two of Barcelona’s star performers during the club’s latest outing has been provided this evening.

The info in question comes by way of DAZN, and centers on Blaugrana pair Robert Lewandowski and Ronald Araújo.

Xavi’s troops, of course, marked their return to action this past weekend, making the trip to Mendizorrotza for a La Liga meeting with Alavés.

When all was said and done, Barca made it two wins on the trot, courtesy of a largely deserved 3-1 triumph.

Their eventual victory, however, did not come without its hiccups.

After finding the net for the 2nd game running following his introduction from the bench, January arrival Vitor Roque was subsequently given his marching orders, for two yellow cards.

The 2nd booking, in particular, sparked fury amongst Barcelona’s squad, of the opinion that Roque was dealt with overly harshly by the team of officials in attendance.

And yet, amid the chaos which ensued, one member of Xavi’s squad who was actually prevented from getting involved in the protests comes in the form of captain Ronald Araújo.

After seeing the red card brandished in the direction of his young teammate, stopper Araújo made an immediate beeline for referee Juan Martinez.

After reaching the official, however, the Uruguayan was quickly dismissed by Robert Lewandowski.

According to DAZN, this came with the veteran frontman having been keen to remind his teammate that he has already accumulated four bookings this season.

One more, and Araújo would have been facing up to a suspension.

“You have 4, you get out of here,” Lewandowski pleaded, advice which was soon heeded by the stopper.

Conor Laird | GSFN

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