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‘Not in a hurry’ – Leaked audio from Barcelona’s ‘ghost goal’ against Real Madrid

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Real Madrid tore through Barcelona with a late Jude Bellingham winner on Sunday night in the third Clasico of the season, making it a perfect run of three wins against Barcelona this season.

The visitors were dominant for large parts of the game, and understandably so as Los Blancos were visibly fatigued after the draining game mid-week. True to the club’s crest, however, they did not allow it to affect their result.

While Real Madrid’s win was clean all the way through, Catalan media have cried foul play all day suggesting that the referees overly favoured Real Madrid on the night.

Lamine Yamal’s disallowed goal, in particular, has come out as the prime talking point for Barcelona with even club president Joan Laporta coming out publicly to demand an explanation as to why the goal was disallowed.

Following Laporta’s request to release footage of VAR’s involvement, the Spanish Football Federation has released the audio of the same, which is over six minutes in duration.

“No more camera angles”

To begin with, the on-field referee communicated with the VAR almost instantly after the incident, giving his opinion that the ball did not cross the line. To this, the VAR asked him to wait and hold the play as they checked with the cameras.

Alongside his conversation with the VAR, Soto Grado conveyed to the protesting Barcelona players that there was no goal-line technology in place to aid with the decision and that he was waiting for VAR’s verdict.

Notably, he does not rule out the possibility that it could be a goal but reiterates that they do not have the help of technology.

The next words heard are from the VAR, as they rock the on-loop sequence back-and-forth hoping to get better clarity on the topic. They insist that they are watching every camera angle for any evidence.

“We are waiting. We don’t know,” Soto Grado proceeds to tell the Barcelona players.

Then, the VAR officials can be seen unhappy with the camera angle, complaining about the lack of clarity on the decision.

“He’s stopped, he’s covering Lunin’s body, okay? Wait a second. We are still looking for the evidence. 360. This one doesn’t work for me, that one neither, that one neither, this neither, next one, this neither, this neither.”

“We are not in a hurry, it is a very important decision, we are not in a hurry, all the cameras,” Soto Grado communicated with the VAR.

The back-end officials then confirm that there are no available camera views remaining, so as to negate the chance of any oversight.

“They don’t have more. We confirm that there are no more cameras, right?”

“We are not in a hurry. The best thing is to wait. We have to wait,” Soto Grado adds.

Finally, the VAR communicates the following to the on-field referee.

“César, we are going to resume with a corner kick, we have no evidence that the ball has entered, so it resumes with a corner kick. We don’t have any evidence that the ball has entered. Corner kick.”

Regardless of the result of the controversy, Real Madrid sit comfortably in first place in La Liga, now 11 points clear of Barcelona. Barring any ugly twists, they are the league champions for the 2023-24 campaign.

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Official: Real Madrid announce starting lineup to face Real Betis

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Real Madrid will sign off on their successful La Liga campaign today with a fixture against Real Betis at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The game, being seen as a final preparation for the UEFA Champions League final against Borussia Dortmund, sees manager Carlo Ancelotti field his strongest possible lineup.

All eyes will obviously be on the retiring Toni Kroos, who bids goodbye to the Bernabeu in what will be his final home game as a Real Madrid player.

The German international starts in the centre of the park alongside Federico Valverde, while Eduardo Camavinga slots in as the No. 6.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid captain, Nacho Fernandez, also starts in what could be his last game at the Bernabeu as well.

Nacho pairs up with Antonio Rudiger in defence, flanked by the full-back pairing of Dani Carvajal and Ferland Mendy. Thibaut Courtois starts in goal ahead of Andriy Lunin and Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Up front, Vinicius Jr. starts in attack, partnering up with Rodrygo Goes. Top scorer Jude Bellingham occupies the attacking midfield role for Real Madrid.

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