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Referees committee president reported for allegedly manipulating VAR images to harm Real Madrid – reports



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While accusations of Real Madrid manipulating the referees flow in from various parts of Spain, Los Blancos are in a battle of their own.

Florentino Perez & co. feel like they have been hard-done by referees themselves this season, and have sufficient reason to back their cause.

After all, the team’s recent clash against Atletico Madrid saw the men in white denied three clear penalties. Needless to say, that went a long way in the eventual result where the two Madrid-based sides split the spoils.

Massive breakthrough

Now, according to reports from El Debate, the president of the referees’ committee Luis Medina Cantalejo has been reported for alleged manipulation of VAR images with the aim of harming Real Madrid.

Referees Clos Gomez and Jaime Latre have also been mentioned as key figures.

Notably, some of the other referees under the spotlight have been involved in the Negreira scandal that continues to rock the footballing world to this day.

Among the referees in question are Ricardo de Burgos, Guillermo Cuadra, César Soto, Alejandro Muñiz, Pablo González Fuertes, Juan Luis Pulido Santana, David Medié and Ignacio Iglesias.

The alleged scam

The Spanish outlet further reveals that the primary crime the aforementioned names are being investigated for is the tampering of evidence, and thus corruption in the arbitration of Real Madrid matches.

For starters, it has come to light that the CTA use a certain ‘operating room’ near the VAR chamber that provides instructions to the VAR and AVAR against the official protocols.

More often than not, these instructions are accompanied by the selection of insignificant frames that alter the referee’s view.

Given that the regulations state that VAR officials must not be in contact with anyone except the on-field referee, the aforementioned scam is completely unacceptable.

Moreover, there is a more direct accusation of manipulation, theft and concealment of VAR images on the aforementioned referees.

With dubious views of the incidents shown to the officials, it is almost certain that the final decision is adulterated against Real Madrid’s favour.

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Real Madrid priority defensive target demanding €20 million in wages, club waiting to send first offer



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Real Madrid top priority this summer window will be to nail down a move for Kylian Mbappe, who is set to leave PSG at the end of the season once his contract clocks up.

The Frenchman has been on their radar for the better part of the last decade at this point, but a move never went through for several reasons. This time, though, it is near completion, and seems to be the first one they will announce.

Once done, Madrid will look to negotiate with Bayern Munich as they are targeting a move for Alphonso Davies. The Canadian’s contract expires in the summer of 2025, and at this point, the Bavarians are quite pessimistic about his continuity.

In fact, a report earlier today from The Athletic claimed that Madrid have already reached a full verbal agreement with Davies. It was never going to be a problem for the Spanish giants, anyway, with the player keen to move.

However, it seems the reason why his contract extension stalled at Bayern and opened up this avenue has been released, with a report from BILD claiming that Davies demanded €20 million as his salary.

Bayern, with a very strict wage cap, were never happy to pay this much money, with even Harry Kane earning just over €20 million.

Madrid, on the other hand, seem to be happy to comply with Davies’ demands. Toni Kroos is their top-earner right now, reportedly, pocketing nearly €22 million in gross wages, with David Alaba, Luka Modric, and Vinicius Jr all on pretty much the €20 million mark.

Right now, Madrid are waiting on a green light from Bayern so they can send their first official bid for the player, which is expected to be in the region of €30-40 million.

They are not ready to pay anything more than €50 million for his services, especially with only one year remaining on his contract.

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