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Real Madrid want a ‘total change’ in the use and administration of VAR – report



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One of the major talking points to emerge from Real Madrid’s 1-0 loss to Valencia this past weekend, apart from the racist attacks at Vinicius Jr, was the usage of VAR.

During the final minutes of the match, there an on-field brawl broke out between Vinicius and Valencia goalkeeper Giorgi Mamardashvili, with more players joining in the melee.

And, Vinicius appeared to hit Valencia star Hugo Duro which resulted in referee Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea consulting with the VAR before showing a red card to the Real Madrid winger. However, no card was shown to any Valencia player, despite them also getting physical with the 22-year-old Brazilian.

As such, RFEF took a major step, firing as many as six referees, including the person who was in charge of the VAR for the game between Valencia and Real Madrid, for manipulating the images and not showing the entire scene to the on-field referee.

Now, MARCA is reporting that Real Madrid will not stop at that and will push for a total change in the usage and administration of the VAR system in La Liga.

This is not the first time that the Merengues have expressed their discontentment against the VAR and refereeing in general in the Spanish top flight. And following the incidents at the Mestalla, they will continue their fight for a ‘fairer’ system to be put in place.

There have been instances when manager Carlo Ancelotti and the players have spoken about the officiating and VAR, especially when it comes to the application of handball laws inside the penalty box.

And, the club have now made it a top priority to push for a major change in the VAR system.

“I want to announce that Real Madrid will not tolerate any more racist incidents with our players. The refereeing structure must be changed so that the victim of the crime does not bear the responsibility as it is happening now,” club president Florentino Perez said earlier today.

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Spain midfielder credits Real Madrid assistant manager for career success



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Spain’s European Championship campaign so far has been one filled with revelations. From young Lamine Yamal and Nico Williams on the wings to the ever-so-solid midfield, La Roja have impressed across the park and have taken the tournament by storm.

One such player who has played a critical role for the team despite not being in many pundits’ squad for the tournament is Fabian Ruiz. The PSG midfielder has been sensational for Luis de la Fuente’s men so far, scoring once and providing one assist in two games.

Despite not having any direct links with Real Madrid, the Spanish midfielder interestingly credits Davide Ancelotti for his success and AS brings the story.

A chapter in Naples

Fabian Ruiz may have never played for Los Blancos in his career so far, but he crossed paths with the Ancelottis in Naples a few years ago.

Ruiz signed for the Italian club from Real Betis in 2018 for a fee of €30 million. At the time, he was not known widely and was just seen as another routine Spanish midfielder aspiring to make it big.

As revealed by the player in a recent interview, however, it was Carlo Ancelotti’s son and Real Madrid assistant manager Davide Ancelotti who first saw the spark in him.

“Meeting him was a very important step in my career. From the beginning, he backed me, and it was not easy to pay what Napoli paid for me, a player who had not played much in La Liga with Betis.”

“If it weren’t for him, I wouldn’t be here. I have a very good relationship and friendship with him,” he added.

Fabian Ruiz credits Davide Ancelotti for his success. (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

A special eye

Ruiz’s comments on Davide Ancelotti only make it clearer as to why Carlo Ancelotti holds his son’s advice in high regard. It is, after all, a testament to the tactician’s keen eye for special talent.

As revealed earlier this year, it was the manager’s son who suggested Joselu’s substitution against Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League semifinals when the team was on the brink of elimination.

What happened next was history as the veteran scored twice within minutes to turn the game around and send the Bavarians crashing out.

Davide has been rumoured to be interested in walking his own path soon as a specialist coach, but as it stands, will continue working under his father for at least one more year at Real Madrid.

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