The UEFA ceremony on Thursday in Istanbul saw Europe’s footballing body announce the groups for the upcoming 2022/23 Champions League campaign.
For the defending champions Real Madrid, they have been drawn in Group F, alongside RB Leipzig, Shakhtar Donetsk and Celtic.
Apart from the draws, UEFA also presented Karim Benzema with the Player of the Year award while Carlo Ancelotti was handed the prestigious Coach of the Year title, capping off an excellent evening for Los Blancos.
However, that was not the end of the story as several other Real Madrid players were handed major accolades, including Vinicius Junior.
The young forward was given the Young Player of the Season title after starring in Real Madrid’s Champions League triumph last season, scoring four goals and providing seven assists.
Other than that, UEFA also announced its Team of the Season, featuring no less than five Real Madrid players, which confirms earlier reports about the same.
The XI features goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, along with Benzema and Vinicius. Luka Modric is the other player to feature, along with new signing Antonio Rudiger, who had been the lynchpin for the Chelsea defence despite the Blues’ early elimination from the UCL last season.
Overall, it was a glorious evening for Real Madrid and its fans, who will be hoping the club continue its dominance not only in Spanish football but also on the continental scene in the new season.
Real Madrid want to bring radical changes in Spanish refereeing system – report
Jose Felix Diaz has reported via MARCA that Real Madrid want a major change in the Spanish refereeing system.
The reporter writes that the team from the Spanish capital has taken the issue as their top priority mostly because of what happened in the recent derby defeat against Atletico Madrid.
Los Blancos are determined to relentlessly steer a significant overhaul of the refereeing structure, and they have no intention of resting in their pursuit.
Their discontent comes not only from recent events, particularly the contentious derby match but also from a deep-seated frustration with the state of refereeing itself.
Real Madrid not hiding their discontent
The journalist mentions that Real Madrid are unapologetic about their continuous criticism of the refereeing community, firmly believing that a transformation is of utmost importance.
Even prior to the emergence of the Negreira case, the Merengues had been vocal about their dissatisfaction with those responsible for overseeing the refereeing unit.
For what it is worth, the revelation of the former vice president of the CTA’s financial ties to Barcelona only solidified Real Madrid’s resolve to advocate for a complete overhaul in referee management.
Real Madrid are suspicious
Real Madrid firmly assert that any influence from Negreira’s historical decisions in certain key positions raises suspicions about the fairness of the competition.
For that, the management will do everything in its power to achieve a certain level of transparency within the organization that it believes is currently overshadowed by historical baggage.
As of today, Real Madrid continue to voice their concerns through their official channels.
Right now their ultimate goal is to eliminate the involvement of Clos Gomez in VAR decisions, marking the beginning of a long-standing battle they are fighting.