Referee Jose Sanchez Martinez came under harsh criticism after the derby of the 23rd round of La Liga between Real Madrid and Atletico (1:1). They took the lead with a goal from Brahim Diaz in the 20th minute, and the persistent visitors secured a point with Marcos Llorente’s goal in the third minute of injury time. The Madrid players were furious after the match, believing that the referee had deprived them of not one, not two, but three penalties!
The official club television “Real Madrid TV” analyzed the controversial situations and launched a scathing attack on the referees. “Referees, how can you sleep peacefully,” they thundered. “The first penalty had to be given when Saul brought down Vasquez.
An obvious penalty, the referee was perfectly positioned, but did not call it, and even VAR did not point it out. Look at Lucas’ fall after the tackle from the opponent. It is a shame that referees turn a blind eye to such clear situations.”
“Real Madrid TV” points out that two penalties were not awarded for fouls on Judd Bellingham. “First, he was brought down by Stefan Savic. The Montenegrin hit him with his elbow and stopped him improperly.
There is nothing more to discuss here, it is shameful that this was not given. This is a penalty as clear as day.” They also commented on the third controversial situation: “Bellingham was going for a corner kick, and Llorente stopped him with a wrestling move.
They are taking us for fools, but we are not. Judd won two penalties, but got none, and is slowly realizing what La Liga is like.” A brutal conclusion followed: “To all our fans it is clear that the trident of Atletico – Alberola Rohas, Kuadra Fernandez, and Sanchez Martinez – have decided three out of four city derbies.
Unlike Atletico, Real cannot afford such players.”