10 unawarded penalties and 9 lost points

21 Nov 2017

Real Madrid have not been awarded a single penalty in LaLiga this campaign, and it is beginning to resemble an episode of Cuarto Milenio, a Spanish programme about conspiracy theories. It could have been that Zidane’s men lacked a bit of oomph in the final third and did not drive into the danger zone to provoke the referees in to awarding spot-kicks. But that is not the case. Upon reviewing the contentious decisions that have affected Real Madrid in their 12 matches this season, there are no less than ten penalties that should been awarded (and three of those were in the derby at the Wanda Metropolitano!).

So if we are keeping a tally, Real Madrid have lost nine points in LaLiga as a result of erroneous refereeing decisions (two against Valencia, two against Levante, three against Betis, and two against Atlético). Then taking in to account the one point lost at Girona, the total reaches 10… the current difference between Madrid and Barcelona.

It is obvious that Real Madrid need to improve their football. But if Los Blancos had been officiated by referees who respected the letter of the law, we would still be talking about an open title race. It is no surprise that the players and fans alike are looking forward to the implementation of VAR next season…

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