Real Madrid’s season has been tainted since the moment Julen Lopetegui left the Spain job in a ball of flames to take over at the Bernabeu.
He was ejected from the hotseat before November and before yesterday’s game Real were 12 points behind Barcelona under Santi Solari.
With the score tied at 1-1 against Levante last night Real were handed the most fortunate penalty decision – even after a VAR review.
It was their second VAR-awarded penalty of the match.
Everyone thought that the introduction of video assistant referees would do away with the longstanding conspiracy theory that the big clubs always get decisions going their way.
It’s a school of thought that has persistsed with Real Madrid and Barcelona in La Liga far longer than the Premier League.
Even at the time the decision to award a penalty looked like an absolute howler from the referee.
As the ball bounced in the Levante box substitute Cheick Doukoure attempted to swipe it clear as Casemiro was challenging.
The Brazilian nicked the ball away as Doukoure was lining up his haymaker clearance leaving the Levante man’s right peg swinging through thin air.
However, as you can see Casemiro decided to throw himself to the ground as if he’d been kicked full force in the shins.
The referee initally awarded a penalty before a little birdie in his ear said maybe the decision should be overturned
Somewhat unbelievably Iglesias Villaneuva had a quick discussion with his colleagues before deciding not to review the incident on the monitor and stick with his first call.
As is often the case however, the ref decided to hand Madrid a penalty which Gareth Bale converted to win the match.
All of which has left a lot of fans in Spain complaining that Real Madrid always get the rub of the green when it comes to refereeing decisions, especially against the smaller sides.
And of course Atletico Madrid were on hand to throw some shade at their rivals.
Teh introduction of VAR was supposed to get rid of any ambiguity when it comes to calls like this.
Had the referee had a look at the pitchside monitor he would have surely seen the contact was pretty much non-existent, but he didn’t bother.
This comes after Real Madrid president Florentino Perez personally called the chief of the Spanish FA to complain about VAR. Coincidence?
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