Villarreal President: Referee Left The Stadium With Real Madrid Bags

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Villarreal President Fernando Roig has claimed referee Gil Manzano and his assistants left the Ceramic Stadium with Real Madrid merchandise. 

The club’s billionaire owner has accused the referees of being biased towards the Los Blancos, by stating that he personally saw them leaving the stadium with “Real Madrid bags” following his side’s 3-2 home defeat at the hands of Zinedine Zidane’s men.

Referee Gil Manzano controversially awarded Real Madrid a penalty on the 73th minute, back when Villarreal were still leading the game 2-1. The ball hit Bruno’s arm inside the box after having ricocheted off his teammate, and the touch was, therefore, far from deliberate, as the defender had very little time to move his arm away.

However, Manzano ended up pointing towards the spot anyway, and Cristiano Ronaldo calmly converted the penalty kick to level the score. Alvaro Morata then went on to score the third to complete the comeback and secure a 3-2 win.

Roig, who was fuming after the defeat, told the press (via AS): “Gil Manzano and his assistants left the ground with Real Madrid bags. That’s not right, it seems to me.”

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The Villarreal president further added: “You all know about this. It didn’t hit him totally on the hand, but on the shoulder and the arm. It came from a rebound off a teammate. I don’t think it was a penalty. I don’t know if he sees yellow better than white.

“[The penalty decision] killed the game. It is necessary to clarify if a ricochet is a penalty or not. I do not think so. It was a great reaction [by Madrid], but we’re not talking about an unfair penalty that has allowed them to come back. I have not said anything to Gil Manzano. He knows what he has to do. A ricochet is not a handball.”


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