Zidane slams referees after Real Madrid fail to go top

Zinedine Zidane, the Real Madrid boss, has voiced his displeasure with referees after Sevilla was awarded a controversial penalty in their 2-2 draw on Sunday.

Los Blancos are now two points behind champions Atletico Madrid at the top of the LaLiga table.

When referee Juan Martinez Munuera initially awarded Madrid a penalty for a foul by goalkeeper Bono on Karim Benzema, the score was 1-1.

However, VAR stepped in and spotted an earlier handball at the other end by defender Eder Militao.

In the final minutes, Eden Hazard deflected Toni Kroos’ shot past Bono to make it 2-2.

“I’m very enraged. You’ll have to clarify the laws of handball to me.

“I spoke to the referee and I asked for an explanation. He said it was handball by Militao, but the other one [an earlier handball appeal against Joan Jordan] wasn’t.

“I don’t like to talk about referees but today the feeling isn’t good,” Zidane told Movistar after the match.

He added: “I don’t understand at all. If there was a handball from Militao, there was one from Sevilla too. I wasn’t convinced by what [the referee] said.

The results leave Real Madrid needing Atletico to drop points in their three remaining fixtures, with Diego Simeone’s men on 77 points, and Madrid and Barca both chasing on 75.

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