Malaga owner blames racism for Champions League exit

Sheikh Abdullah Al-Thani

Malaga owner Sheikh Abdullah Al-Thani blamed racism for his side's dramatic Champions League defeat at Dortmund and called for Uefa to investigate.

Dortmund scored twice in injury time to complete a stunning 3-2 win and move into the last four.

But Felipe Santana's winner appeared offside and Qatari owner Al-Thani believes his side should have won.

He said on Twitter:external-link "I'm sorry to go out this way, injustice and racism."

Al-Thani, of the Qatari Royal Family, was named owner of Malaga in June 2010 after the 53-year-old bought the Spanish club.

A series of off-the-field financial problems mean Malaga are banned from European competition for one campaign when they next qualify.

Al-Thani added: "This is not football, but racism and clear of all.

"I hope to open a thorough investigation [by] Uefa regarding the Spanish club [going] out in this way."

Malaga coach Manuel Pellegrini said: "Football is an act that involves many factors.

"The third goal was an offside goal and there were all kinds of elbows and punches."

After the first leg in Spain ended goalless, Malaga were minutes away from a place in the Champions League semi-finals when substitute Eliseu put them 2-1 up, also from an offside position.

But Marco Reus and then Santana struck for the German side in added time to send them through.

Malaga striker Roque Santa Cruz, who is on loan from Manchester City, said: "We're still trying to come to terms with what happened.

"We were four minutes away from the semis. There is huge disappointment in the dressing room. We had the tie in our hands."

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