According to a report from Diario AS (h/t Madrid Zone), Real Madrid have received a letter from the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) saying that the goal scored by David Alaba against Elche on Wednesday was wrongfully disallowed.
Real Madrid emerged 3-0 victors over Elche at Estadio Manuel Martin Valero, with goals coming from Federico Valverde, Karim Benzema and Marco Asensio.
During the game, though, Los Blancos had as many as three goals chalked off for offside. The first victim of the VAR call to rule out a goal was Benzema, following which Alaba also had a strike erased. The former was denied another effort in the second period by VAR.
Now, though, RFEF has confirmed to Real Madrid in a letter that the goal scored by Alaba, which was chalked off for Benzema being offside in the buildup, should have stood and there was a glitch with the VAR.
The Spanish Football Federation has confirmed that there was an issue with VAR’s technology last night, as it called offside on Benzema on Alaba’s goal by marking his elbow. The incident has reportedly been noted and the concerned parties are working to fix it.
With the RFEF admitting that they got it wrong on Wednesday, Real Madrid are said to have issued a friendly response, stating they understand mistakes like these happen. But the reigning champions of La Liga have requested for such errors to be avoided in the future as it puts the integrity of the competition at risk.
The win against Elche meant that Los Blancos are now six points clear of Barcelona at the top of the league table. With the Catalan giants playing Villarreal later tonight, that deficit could be halved.
Real Madrid midfielder receives huge praise from ex-Barcelona star: “Has no limits”
Speaking in a recent interview with Fichajes.com (h/t GOAL), former Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas has heaped praise on Real Madrid star Aurelien Tchouameni, while also revealing that he recommended the Catalans to sign him in the past.
Tchouameni arrived at Real Madrid this past summer in a deal worth €80 million plus €20 million in add-ons. Following Casemiro’s departure, he was thrust into the limelight right away by Carlo Ancelotti and the 22-year-old has not put a foot wrong since arriving.
Indeed, Tchouameni has become a key player for Ancelotti’s side and is currently starring at the FIFA World Cup 2022 with France.
Now, Fabregas, who had played with Tchouameni at AS Monaco in the past, has hailed the youngster, stating that there are no limits to what he can achieve.
During the chat, he also revealed that he had recommended Tchouameni’s signing to Barcelona but finances prohibited any move from happening.
“Yes, it’s true that I spoke to Barça about Aurelién. They wanted to start preparing the succession of Sergio Busquets and for me he was the perfect player. It was at a time when Barça were short of money and I don’t think they could offer more than €40 million,” he said.
“Then he signed for Real Madrid, he’s a permanent fixture there and he’s essential in the French national team. For me, Aurélien has no limits.”
Opening up on the first time he saw Tchouameni in action, Fabregas added: “I quickly realised he was not a player like the others. The first time I saw him was during a Ligue 1 match against Bordeaux with Monaco.
“I was on the bench and I was impressed with his performance. They beat us and I remember asking one of our assistants: “but who is this Bordeaux midfielder?”, he reminisced.
Fabregas also revealed that he was close with Tchouameni and the youngster sought advice from the former Arsenal captain, saying:
“I spoke a lot with Aurélien, we exchanged a lot of opinions, even when he came to the France national team. He asked me for a lot of advice about my career at clubs like Arsenal, Chelsea, and FC Barcelona,” he said.