Zinedine Zidane disconcerted by handball decision by official Juan Martinez Munuera
Zidane side slip in the La Liga title race
Zidane prides himself on seldom occasions addressing refereeing judgments but he came to the pitch after the game to complain with official Juan Martinez Munuera.
Zidane 🗣 "I never talk to the referee, but today I'm angry" 😡
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The game was poised at 1-1, Real’s Eder Militao was punished after a (video assistant referee) VAR review for touching the ball with his hand as he jumped to defend a misfortune cross. But the referee played on earlier and Benzema was caught by the Sevilla goalkeeper in the box where he got an immediate penalty and later with the VAR decision it went to Sevilla’s pocket and they converted it into the goal, Ivan Rakitic scored from the spot to restore Sevilla’s lead, merely later a Diego Carlos own goal in the 93rd minute grasped a point for Real Madrid to leave them two points behind Atletico.
Zidane after full-time invaded the pitch to show his anger about that one decision that took all the match into Sevilla’s hands until the very end. But then it ended with a draw 0-0.
“He told me that Militao’s was a handball but he didn’t convince me,” continued Zidane. “I never speak about the referee but today I’m angry. In the end, it is what it is and what I say won’t change anything. I’m happy with how my team played, we deserved more as we were spectacular in the second half.”
“We’re not having much luck with plays like this. We’ve been in a few similar situations this season and once again the decision went against us.”
“It was an absolutely decisive decision given the moment in the game and what it meant, a penalty for Sevilla or a penalty for Real Madrid.
“We’re concerned as there have been some similar plays which in theory would have gone in our favor and the outcome has been different. We’re left feeling a little uneasy.” Zidane said.
Real Madrid director Emilio Butragueno accompanied Zidane and expressed his disappointment with the referee decision today and also recalling Real Madrid was denied a penalty against Atletico Madrid back in March as well when the ball came off the hand of the defender Felipe when he jumped for a header.