Ronald Koeman, the coach of Barça, attacked the referee following the defeat of his family in the Clasico.
Ronald Koeman made no attempt to hide his displeasure following Barcelona’s 2-1 loss to Real Madrid in La Liga Santander on Saturday night. Los Blancos were the better team in the first half, scoring thanks to Karim Benzema and Toni Kroos, before the Blaugrana rallied after the break.
The match ended with Koeman and his Barcelona players protesting against referee Jesus Gil Manzano for the decisions made in the second half, including a duel between Martin Braithwaite of Ferland Mendy which the visitors were sure he would be. was a penalty.
“If you are a Barcelona fan you are furious and miserable over the refereeing decisions,” Koeman told the media. “Before, I just want to say that we didn’t play well in the first half, neither defensively nor offensively. We improved in the second half.”
“All I ask is that the refs get it right.”[La charge de Mendy sur Braithwaite] was a penalty and I think the four minutes of downtime [ne suffisent pas], when the referee stopped the match for two or three minutes because of his shoulder … “
“The sanction is clear. Now we have to accept it and close it.” The coach was then asked if the referee had any influence on the outcome of the match. “Yeah. Otherwise it’s 2-2,” Koeman said.
“I don’t know why there is VAR in Spain. Everyone saw the incident [impliquant Mendy et Braithwaite]. For me, this is a clear penalty. Everyone saw it. I don’t understand that a linesman who is 10 meters away [ne peut pas le voir]. The way Martin falls, it must be a fault. Maybe the referee didn’t see it, but we have VAR for situations like this. “Better to stop talking. The team had a good mentality. “
“We deserve correct decisions at times like this penalty. I’m not the only one to be [en colère]. The players are also upset by the officials’ decision on the penalty. There are several players who have spent many years at Barcelona and I don’t know if they think this is something that has happened more than once. “