Refs, VAR always favour Real Madrid… Simeone fumes after Madrid derby draw

 Atletico Madrid coach, Diego Simeone, complained that Real Madrid receive preferen­tial treatment from referees, after a straight red card was shown to Angel Correa in a 1-1 draw against their rivals in Saturday’s derby.

Simeone was fuming over referee, Gil Manzano, sent off Atletico forward,Angel Correa, in the 64th minute, after an elbow to the chest of Real Madrid defender, Antonio Rudiger, when the score was 0-0.

“A contact is not a blow,” Simeone told DAZN after the game. “Football is a physical game. If I’m not mistaken, Rudiger mea­sures 1.94m and if it was appar­ently such a brutal blow, it would have left him sitting down, but he immediately gets up.

“It may be a yellow card, but taking a player out for that, there would be no players left on the field.

“It’s the same story. It is normal, and it has become normal [refereeing favouring Madrid], and that’s not right, and it would be nice if we could all compete in the same way.”

It was the third time this season that Simeone felt his team had been punished unfairly against Madrid.

Atletico had Stefan Savic red carded in their 3-1 extra-time loss at Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey quarterfinal on January 26, and had Mario Hermoso sent off in their 2-1 defeat to Real Madrid in La Liga on September 18.

“In the Copa del Rey, they could have sent off Real Madrid’s Dani Ceballos for a foul that was a red,” Simeone said. “Today, Angel’s foul, they saw it that way. You have all seen it, there are things that are very clear.”

Simeone was asked about the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) and said: “It can go either way, some­times in your favour, sometimes against you.

“However, every time we come here [to the Bernabeu stadium], it goes against us.”

Atletico also expressed their anger through the club’s official Twitter account, which tweeted: “Nothing new at the Bernabeu.”

After the sending off, Atletico nevertheless went ahead through Jose Maria Gimenez in the 78th minute before giving away Alvaro Rodriguez’s equaliser seven minutes later.

“We are left with the feeling that we could have won the game,” Simeone said. “We knew that Ma­drid at the end of games are very dangerous.

“We overcame Reinildo’s injury, also recovered from Correa’s send­ing off and took the lead. We could have defended better so as not to concede the equaliser, but we must continue on this positive path.”

Simeone, meanwhile, confirmed that Atletico defender, Reinildo, has suffered a serious knee injury that will keep him out of action for the remaining of the season.

The Mozambican defender was stretchered off in the first half with a suspected torn right ACL.

“It’s a serious injury,” Simeone said. “We have to wait to see what the doctor says after the tests carried out in hospital. It’s a pity. We send him a lot of strength. He will return to play in five or six months.” –

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