In the aftermath of a dramatic 1-1 draw between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid, tensions soared as Real Madrid expressed their fury, claiming they were denied at least three penalties.
The official club channel did not mince words, going so far as to criticize Barcelona coach Xavi, stating, "His whole playing career is suspicious." The draw prevented Real Madrid from opening a four-point gap at the top, settling for a shared point at the Bernabeu and intensifying the title race with second-placed Girona.
Real Madrid's discontent was primarily directed at the refereeing decisions, alleging they were denied clear penalties and highlighting the perceived aggressiveness towards Jude Bellingham, overlooked by referee Sanchez Martinez.
The club's official channel accused Atletico of being the referees' favorite team and alluded to past seasons where they believed championship outcomes were influenced by refereeing errors. They argued for the use of VAR, emphasizing that clear fouls on Brahim Dias and Jude Bellingham went unnoticed.
Notably, the criticism extended beyond the referee, with Barcelona coach Xavi becoming a target. The scathing attack suggested that Xavi's entire career was under suspicion, with allegations of game-fixing investigations.
The grievances expressed were not limited to the match itself, as the statement touched on broader issues of perceived injustices against Real Madrid in previous years. Despite the controversy, Real Madrid's coach Carlo Ancelotti chose not to comment directly on the refereeing decisions, emphasizing the team's good performance and expressing a reluctance to blame anyone.
On the flip side, Atletico Madrid celebrated the hard-fought point, with star player Antoine Griezmann taking a subtle dig at their city rivals through a post on social media shortly after the final whistle, adding two laughing emojis to convey a sense of satisfaction. The draw sets the stage for a more tightly contested battle for the La Liga title.