Real Madrid skipper, Sergio Ramos, has slammed the match referee following his side’s shock 0-2 home defeat to Real Sociedad, branding the official’s display as “scandalous.” Goals from Willian Jose and Ruben Pardo on either side of half-time helped Real Sociedad to a famous win at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday night.
Los Blancos, who were far from their best on the night, were seeming hard done by the match official in the second half when Vinicius Junior was denied a penalty and Lucas Vazquez was sent off.
Real Madrid captain, Sergio Ramos, was vocal after the upset, questioning Jose Munuera and the lack of VAR’s intervention.
“The referee played a big role in things. I’ve always defended the VAR system, but it has to be improved because what we’ve seen was scandalous,” Ramos said, as quoted by FourFourTwo.
“He could have awarded the penalty and then consulted the VAR. After seeing the penalty incidents in the dressing room, all we ask for is fairness. There are times when we’re punished for our behaviour on the pitch and the referees’ committee should do the same with the officials. The VAR is in place but you’ve got to know how to use it and consult it.”
“We’re motivated and fighting for a La Liga title that’ll be tough and it’s made all the more difficult when things like this happen. When you’re out there on the pitch it’s so much more difficult because your heart is racing. As the team captain, I always try and help the referees, but tonight’s performance was scandalous.”
“Lucas Vazquez’s sending-off was very harsh. Never before have I seen a player shown a second yellow for something like that, where you’re in the middle of the pitch with three Real Madrid players around you,” he concluded.