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RFEF fires six referees including VAR in charge of Valencia vs Real Madrid
As if the racist chants against Vincius Jr on Sunday night were not enough, his game hit rock bottom when he was sent off in the penultimate minute of the game. The youngster was involved in a tussle with Hugo Duro but for him to be punished while the other party walked with clean hands was unacceptable.
Real Madrid instantly sent an official statement to the authorities over the improper use of VAR, prompting an immediate investigation. According to reports from MARCA, the result of their enquiry could be the most significant yet.
The Spanish outlet bring to light that the RFEF (Spanish Football Federation) and the Technical Committee of Referees have reached a consensus that there was a manipulation of evidence behind the scenes that prompted Vinicius’ sending off on the night.
While intervening in the incident between Vini Jr and Hugo Duro, the VAR room sent stills of the Brazilian hitting the Valencia star. There was, however, no coverage of the period that preceded or succeeded the aforementioned incident. This manipulated the on-field referee De Burgos Bengoetxea’s decision to sanction only the Real Madrid player.
The RFEF have thus decided to dismiss Nacho Iglesias Villanueva who headed the department on the night. Along with him, five more referees will abandon their jobs next week.
This comes as big news to the Real Madrid offices for it not only improves the chances of Vinicius featuring in the final games of the season but also proves his point of occult racism and double standards.
The Brazilian’s outrage on social media has really got various bodies working round the clock to stabilise the situation. Yesterday, Valencia confirmed a lifetime ban for all supporters who chanted racist slurs against the youngster.
Earlier today, the Spanish National Police also confirmed that they arrested four people in the case related to the Real Madrid winger’s effigy being hung off the bridge prior to the Madrid derby earlier this year.
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Real Madrid eye €3.5 million-rated relegated Premier League striker to reinforce attack
Following a difficult season with troubles in La Liga and the Champions League preventing Real Madrid from retaining their crowns, Los Blancos move towards a transformative summer, full of innovations.
Real Madrid managed to clear plenty of unwanted figures at the club, with a huge relief on the wage bill. However, with an array of exits, the squad has contracted and thus replacements are being inquired.
Apart from the high-profile departure of Karim Benzema, fringe players have also bid their farewell.
Among those names is Mariano Diaz, who was Madrid’s backup striker prior to his withdrawal. Several names have been put on the table to fill his absence as the club largely aim to address their lack of depth.
According to Arancha Rodriguez (via RM4Arab), Leeds United striker Rodrigo Moreno is one of the names gaining consensus in the Madrid hierarchy. Moreover, Joselu has also been considered as a viable alternative.
The two favourites to replace Mariano have proven to be important figures for their clubs as both strikers maintain a starting role.
Playing for Espanyol, Joselu ended the La Liga campaign as the third top scorer, only behind Benzema and Lewandowski. Considering Espanyol’s relegation, such a feat looks even more impressive. The Spaniard secured 19 goals in all competitions.
On the other hand, Rodrigo Moreno recorded 16 goals last season across all competitions. Similar to Joselu’s case, the Spanish international also suffered relegation with Leeds, in spite of his good numbers.
With both players offering adequate output in struggling sides, Real Madrid’s interest is practical. Moreover, considering both Espanyol and Leeds were relegated, their asking price will undeniably lower, which enables the Merengues to sign one of the two targets at a more convenient rate.
It is claimed that Rodrigo has a release clause worth €3.5 million which Los Blancos would have to trigger to sign him from Leeds United.
It now remains to be seen whether Carlo Ancelotti & co. go after the former Valencia man or move for Joselu instead.