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Official: Real Madrid duo start for Belgium in friendly vs Egypt

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Belgium will continue their preparations for the FIFA World Cup 2022 with a friendly encounter against Egypt today. And Real Madrid duo Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois have been named in the starting XI by manager Roberto Martinez.

It is an important game for the Belgian Red Devils to get some momentum behind them heading into the World Cup. Having made it as far as the semi-finals at the last World Cup, they will be keen on going a step further this time out.

And, there will be a lot of hope pinned on Hazard, who is the captain of the national team. The 31-year-old has found game-time hard to come by at the club level this season with Real Madrid, given that he has fallen out of favour under Carlo Ancelotti.

As for Courtois, he has been a permanent fixture in goal for Real Madrid and has done well and the national team will be hoping for more of the same from the goalkeeper in the coming weeks.

Atletico Madrid duo Yannick Carrasco and Axel Witsel also make it to the Belgium lineup, who will rely on Manchester City superstar Kevin De Bruyne to produce the magic on the field.

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Real Madrid want to bring radical changes in Spanish refereeing system – report

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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 not happy with refereeing decisions (Photo by OSCAR DEL POZO/AFP via Getty Images)

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.

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