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Referee admits in tunnel that Rodrygo should have been sent off during Las Palmas 1-2 Real Madrid: “Clear red”



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Referees have been in the spotlight in La Liga over the past couple of weeks after the game between Real Madrid and Almeria at the Santiago Bernabeu.

A lot of people felt that Los Blancos had received favourable treatment by the referee and the VAR during that match, with Almeria players and manager lashing out at some of the decisions.

Soon after, rivals FC Barcelona also jumped on the bandwagon with the likes of manager Xavi Hernandez and president Joan Laporta making accusations of Real Madrid pressurising referees.

Rodrygo incident under the scanner

This past weekend, another decision appeared to go in favour of Real Madrid when they faced Las Palmas away at Gran Canaria, securing a 2-1 comeback win.

Just four minutes into the match, Los Blancos’ forward Rodrygo was involved in a heated altercation with Las Palmas goalkeeper Alvaro Valles, which led to a shoving contest between the two, with the Brazilian appearing to have accidentally hit his opponent.

Referee Cesar Soto Grado, though, did not believe that it was a red card offence and showed only a yellow to the Real Madrid attacker.

However, fresh video footage has emerged from DAZN in which the referee is caught admitting to some of the Real Madrid players that the Rodrygo incident should have seen a red card.

During the half-time break, Real Madrid captain Nacho approached the referee and commented: “He [Rodrygo] is saying that if you give him a card for the push, the goalkeeper should get one too.”

In response, shockingly, Soto Grado said: “It’s very clear, it’s a red card.”

Nacho then asked the match official: “But how is it going to be a red card? how is it going to be a red card?”

At this moment, Dani Carvajal joined the conversation and said: “He is provoked when the other player pushes him like that, you say ‘the other player is on the edge’ but the other one is the one who starts the conflict, right?”, to which Soto Grado responds with a lukewarm: “Yes” and the episode ends.

This is going to lead to more controversies and debates about refereeing and will likely spark more comments and accusations from oppositions about match officials being lenient towards Real Madrid.

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Real Madrid superstar reveals how advice from Brazil legend helped him improve



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Even with all the excitement around Kylian Mbappe, it is Vinicius Junior, who continues to be Real Madrid’s biggest star.

In the past few years, the Brazilian has witnessed substantial growth, notably establishing himself as one of the best players in world football.

Vinicius’ rapid rise to prominence has been backed by numbers as well, with the forward racking up 82 goals and 75 assists in 262 competitive matches for Real Madrid.

Vinicius on receiving advice from Ronaldo

In a recent media interaction, Vinicius Junior, when talking about his success at Real Madrid, revealed that the forward constantly receives advice from his compatriot and former Real Madrid legend Ronaldo.

Vinicius particularly pointed out Ronaldo’s advice in 1v1 situations and how it has helped him improve in such scenarios.

“Ronaldo always calls me and gives me advice, he teaches me so many things. Since he told me that his favourite thing is a 1v1 vs a GK, I thought about it a lot and started working on it really hard,” Vinicius said (h/t Madrid Zone).

Ronaldo regularly speaks with Vinicius. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)

“Now, every time I’m in a 1v1 with a GK, I’m the calmest guy in the world. Ever since that conversation with Ronaldo, I stopped being afraid of making mistakes in a 1v1,” the forward added.

Vinicius has indeed witnessed an improvement in his 1v1 play in recent years, which has been reflected in his higher goalscoring numbers.

This season, the forward has netted 23 goals in all competitions while racking up 11 assists. His goalscoring prowess, coupled with his ability in 1v1 situations could prove to be critical as Real Madrid take on Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League final next month.

The Brazilian international, though, will be up against a challenging defensive duo of Mats Hummels and Nico Schlotterbeck, who have been able to keep the opposition attacks quiet this season.

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