Zidane: “The referee hasn’t convinced me with what he said to me”

10 May 2021

Zinedine Zidane was left puzzled by the decision to award Sevilla a penalty in the second half of their 2-2 draw with Real Madrid on Sunday night.

Referee Juan Martinez Munuera penalized Eder Militao for handball for an incident that came seconds before he had awarded a penalty to Los Blancos for a foul on Karim Benzema.

Ivan Rakitic converted the penalty, only for Toni Kroos‘ late shot to deflect in off Eden Hazard. At full time, Zidane went up to the referee.

“I don’t understand a thing,” Zidane told the media afterwards.

“If there’s a handball from Militao, there’s a handball from a Sevilla player too.

“Nothing [the referee] said to me has convinced me.

“I never talk to the referee, but today I’m angry.

“In the end, it is what it is. We’re not going to change anything.

“I’m happy with our game. We deserved more because our second half was brilliant.”

The handball decision was a kick in the teeth for Real Madrid, who needed a win to move top of the table in LaLiga Santander.

“The referee has to explain the handball law to me, but it is what it is,” Zidane continued.

“We’re going to fight to the death until the end of the season.

“We can talk now… Nothing is going to be cleared up and that’s what annoys me.

“We have to think about the three games that we have left.

“I’m angry because we deserved to win this game.

“I have my trust in football. All I’m saying is that I saw two handballs and they penalized ours.”

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