Real Madrid's Refereeing Frustration Erupts After 3-1 Derby Defeat
Controversial Decisions by Referee Alberola Rojas Under Fire as Real Madrid Blames Refereeing for Loss in Madrid Derby
Real Madrid has voiced its discontent following a 3-1 defeat in the Madrid derby, attributing the loss to what they perceive as glaring refereeing errors. The club, through its broadcast network, RMTV, expressed its dissatisfaction with the performance of referee Alberola Rojas, pinpointing three pivotal incidents. These included a foul on Jude Bellingham just prior to the opening goal, a robust challenge by José Mara Giménez that escaped a red card, and an unnoticed handball by Mario Hermoso within his own penalty area.
Alvaro Morata's goal that initiated the controversy drew immediate criticism from RMTV. They argued that the goal should have been disallowed as it was not subjected to VAR review and had been preceded by a clear foul favoring Real Madrid. RMTV went on to denounce the lack of intervention from VAR in a critical juncture of the game.
The overall sentiment conveyed by Real Madrid was one of disappointment with Alberola Rojas' refereeing, deeming it lamentable and game-changing. Despite the refereeing controversy, Atletico's victory put an end to Real Madrid's six-game winning streak across all competitions, relegating them to third place in the La Liga standings, trailing Barcelona and Girona, both of which have yet to suffer a defeat.
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