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RB Leipzig players accuse referee of favouritism towards Real Madrid after 1-1 draw



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Real Madrid’s clash against RB Leipzig last night was headlined by Vinicius Jr who scored the team’s only goal and ensured their progression to the quarterfinal. It was, however, not without its fair share of controversy.

The biggest talking point of the game, unsurprisingly, involved Vinicius Jr. The forward got into an unnecessary altercation with Leipzig captain Willi Orban and went on to shove the player to the ground but was lucky to not be sent off.

His impulsive action on the night has attracted criticism from several quarters.

Orban’s defensive partner opens up

Speaking to the media after the game, Leipzig defender David Raum made it very clear that, in his opinion, Vinicius deserved a stronger punishment for his impulsive and unwarranted aggression towards Willi Orban.

“I don’t know if he should have been expelled for that action. I think that despite receiving a yellow card, he should have been expelled for some entries he had made before.”

Raum also went on to cite that the referees on the night showered more favouritism towards the Real Madrid players on the night.

“The referee spoke to us a little differently than to the Real Madrid players. I don’t know why, we are also nice and fun guys.”

Finally, the German full-back admitted that, while his team did not qualify, they were the better side on the night as admitted by several Real Madrid players themselves.

He began, however, by stating that his teammate Orban felt Vinicius should have seen an undisputed red, saying: “For him, it’s a red card. We can talk a lot now but it’s not going to help us.”

Vinicius saw a yellow card for his altercation with Willi Orban. (Photo by JAVIER SORIANO/AFP via Getty Images)

“We are out of the Champions League and congratulations Madrid but also many Madrid players have told us that they have been lucky today. When the Bernabéu whistles, we know that we have done many things well today,” he added.

Stronger words from Henrichs

Raum’s teammate Benjamin Heinrichs also spoke to the media after the game, although his words towards Vinicius were far less sugarcoated.

“In the field, I haven’t talked to him (Orban) because he was on the ground. In the locker room, we have seen the images and it is obvious and clear that it is a red card. We don’t have to lie.”

He then insisted that had the roles been reversed, the decision would likely have changed, thus also accusing the referees of partiality.

“If it is the other way around and it is one of us who pushes a Real Madrid player and falls to the ground, it would surely be a red card. I don’t know why he didn’t get a red card. You have to ask the referee.”

Finally, Heinrichs went on to state that had the referee got the call right at that point, it could have been Leipzig progressing and inflicting elimination on Real Madrid.

“It’s bad luck for us too that Vinicius scores the goal later and we are out.”

Source: Mundo Deportivo

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PSG president wanted Real Madrid to bear Mbappe’s €80 million loyalty bonus



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It is only a matter of days before Kylian Mbappe is officially confirmed as a Real Madrid player.

The French superstar announced his departure from PSG as a free agent recently and even though nothing is official yet, everything points to him arriving at the Spanish capital club.

An official announcement and presentation are expected to take place sometime before the UEFA Euro 2024 starts.

While the move is all but done, it appears that PSG, in particular president Nasser Al-Khelaifi, are left with a bitter taste over Mbappe’s imminent exit.

Al-Khelaifi wanted Real Madrid to pay €80 million

As has already been reported, Al-Khelaifi tried to convince Mbappe to snub Real Madrid by presenting various arguments which had no effect.

Now, French publication L’Equipe has brought forth a report which claims that the PSG president simply cannot accept the fact that Mbappe is joining Real Madrid for free.

And things are now happening behind the scenes which suggest that the Frenchman’s departure will be far from smooth and amicable.

Indeed, as per the report, PSG have not paid Mbappe his salary for the month of April as well as an additional bonus he was due.

This is because of the €80 million loyalty bonus payment that the club had made to the France captain back in February, even though he had waived it off after deciding not to renew his contract.

Headed for an ugly split with PSG. (Photo by MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP via Getty Images)

In August 2023, after he was frozen out of the team for refusing to extend his contract, Mbapp agreed to give up his loyalty bonus so that PSG do not suffer a huge financial hit as a result of his leaving as a free agent this summer.

However, Al Khelaifi made a U-turn and granted Mbappe the loyalty bonus in February this year, with the caveat that Real Madrid cover the €80 million as compensation for the 25-year-old leaving for free.

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez, however, refused that demand as he deemed that it was completely out of the question, as the La Liga champions are not obligated to pay for a player who will be out of contract in a few weeks.

A complete breakdown

Things have not been well between Mbappe and Al-Khelaifi ever since the player informed him of his decision to leave PSG.

The report suggests that the pair are no longer on speaking terms and that lawyers are involved in trying to resolve the matter of the unpaid dues.

PSG are looking for written confirmation that their all-time top scorer will waive the €80 million, which he had agreed to in the past, only for the club to make the payment.

As for Mbappe, he wants the money he is owed as part of his salary which was not paid in April.

Al-Khelaifi has not had the best relation with Perez either and this development further escalates the situation.

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