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Zidane annoyed over controversial penalty call in Sevilla stalemate

Zinedine Zidane - Real Madrid
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Los Blancos missed a golden opportunity to rise to the La Liga summit and now trail rivals Atletico Madrid by two points.


Zinedine Zidane was “a bit angry” over referee Juan Martinez Munuera’s controversial penalty decision against Real Madrid in the match against Sevilla on Sunday.

With the game tied at 1-1, Real Madrid were awarded a penalty for a foul on Karim Benzema. A VAR intervention, however, prompted a sharp one-eighty in the course of events as a penalty was instead awarded at the other end of the pitch to Sevilla for a handball in the box by Eder Militao.

Ivan Rakitic converted the spot-kick before Eden Hazard managed to save his side’s blushes with an equalizer deep in stoppage time.


The 2-2 draw diminished the La Liga champions’ chances of defending their league crown, and Zidane feels his side were hard done by.

“I don’t understand anything. There was a handball by Militao, but also by Sevilla,” the official club website quotes the Frenchman.

“I wasn’t convinced by what the referee told me, but that’s the way it is, he makes the calls. I’m a bit angry today because I need the handball rule explained to me. But that’s the way it is, we’re not going to change anything.


“I’ve got faith in football, that goes without saying. I trust everyone, I trust the referees. I’ve never interfered and I’m not going to interfere. The thing today was that there were two handballs and the one awarded was against Real Madrid. That’s the truth”.