Asked Monday about the arbitration of the Eibar-Real Madrid match (1-3) played Sunday in the Liga, Ronald Koeman had not hidden his exasperation or even his suspicion about the impartiality of some referees. Zinedine Zidane answered him this Tuesday in front of the media.
The Real Madrid coach tried to defuse the situation while addressing a message to his counterpart at Barcelona. “I am annoyed because I never criticise the referees. They are part of the game, they can make mistakes. Like everyone else in life. I never interfere with their work, which is complicated (…) I always hear a lot about what happens in some of our matches. I always hear a lot about what happens in some of our matches. What Real gets is a lot of talk,” said the French technician.
It all started with a decision that was strongly criticised by the Catalan media, namely a penalty for a hand from Sergio Ramos in the area that was not whistled despite the intervention of the VAR during the match in Eibar. At the end of last season, the Catalan club had already complained several times about the refereeing, just as it did at the beginning of the 2020-21 season after the Clasico won by Real Madrid.