After the Clasico lost 2-1 by Barça against Real Madrid on Saturday in La Liga, Ronald Koeman did not spare the referee, accusing him of not having whistled a penalty after a clash between Mendy and Braithwaite.
“I am simply asking for fair arbitration decisions.” Ronald Koeman displayed his bitterness at a press conference on Saturday night after Barça’s crucial defeat in the traditional Clasico against Real Madrid (2-1). The Dutch coach felt that a penalty should have been called in favor of Martin Braithwaite in the dying minutes of the meeting.
“It’s a penalty. The penalty is obvious. (…) I’m not the only one in this state. The players also feel disappointed”, railed Ronald Koeman to journalists. A few minutes before, he had already shown his annoyance in an interview on Spanish television, facing an interlocutor refusing to agree to his words. “Did you see the action? Is it a penalty or not? If you don’t want to get wet …”, lamented the former Dutch coach, before ending the post-match interview.
The referee did not go to see the pictures
The contentious action took place in the 83rd minute, as Barca pushed to tie it at 2-2. After a failed gesture in the Madrid defense, Jordi Alba attempted an insufficiently precise strike. Ferland Mendy then tried to protect the exit of the ball. But the French side missed and briefly grabbed Martin Braithwaite’s jersey. Along the exit line, the Danish striker collapsed.
Despite the protests, referee Jesus Gil Manzano did not whistle and did not bother to check the footage on the VAR monitor screen (although the action was necessarily verified by his video assistants) . What annoy Ronald Koeman a little more: “I do not understand that a linesman, who is ten meters from the action, does not see it, nor why the referee will not consult the video. referee cannot see everything, but that’s why there is the VAR, which must be there to help “.
Messi would have asked for “respect” from the referee
The Barça coach also railed against the four minutes of added time. According to him, they were insufficient, in particular because play in the second half was interrupted for a long time because of a technical problem with the referee’s equipment. “I do not want to say that we lost because of the referee,” he however tempered. “In the first half, we were not good and we left a lot of space. But what is certain is that there is clearly a penalty,” he nevertheless concluded.
As Ronald Koeman said, Barca players have openly expressed their anger at the referee. Movistar thus showed that Gerard Pique, who did not leave the sidelines, had to be calmed by the Catalan staff after going to see the referee after the final whistle. The Cadena COPE further understands that Lionel Messi asked the man in black to “speak with respect”.