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Spanish Super Cup final referee hits out at Real Madrid TV over videos: “They encourage hatred”

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Referees have been at the Centrepoint of discussion in Spanish football this week, especially ahead of Wednesday’s Super Cup semifinal between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid.

Unhappy with the appointment of Javier Alberola Rojas as the referee, Real Madrid TV posted a video showcasing the referee’s mistakes in the past, before and after the game.

The videos posted a lot of controversy within the Spanish referees’ association, which has already come under fire in light of the recent Negreira revelations.

The President of the Technical Committee of the Referees spoke strongly against Real Madrid and accused the club of putting pressure on the officials before key matches.

Soto Grado responds to Real Madrid videos

Now, Soto Grado, the VAR referee for the Super Cup final between Barcelona and Real Madrid has opened up on these videos posted by Madrid.

“Real Madrid TV videos don’t help. They encourage hatred towards the referee. I don’t know if that’s their goal, but they’ll not achieve it because we are a strong collective,” Grado said (h/t Diario AS), heading into the game.

This is a strong statement coming from the Spaniard, who has been officiating top-flight games in Spanish football since 2019.

This is not the first time Real Madrid have posted videos of referees’ misdoings heading into matches. Earlier in the season, Los Blancos had put out a video heading into the Cadiz game, with the 39-year-old Guillermo Squares Fernández being the recipient.

Barcelona, for their part, have yet to issue any response to the Real Madrid videos. But it must be noted that the Catalans have been under pressure themselves in light of the referees’ being questioned on the Negreira case.

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Real Madrid midfielder issues fitness update ahead of UCL final – ‘It is very difficult’

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Real Madrid officially played their final game of the league season this past weekend and the focus now shifts to the UEFA Champions League final against Borussia Dortmund on June 1.

The Spanish champions have the glorious opportunity to secure their 15th Champions League title this on Sunday.

But heading into this clash, Real Madrid are likely to miss out on the services of one of the key players – Aurelien Tchouameni.

The Frenchman will likely be ruled out for the UCL final due to an injury incurred earlier this month.

Tchouameni on UCL final

Speaking ahead of the final, Tchouameni admitted that it would be very difficult for him to participate in the UCL final.

“I can run, I think it is very difficult to play in this final and we have more players who can be in my position. The important thing is that we are going to win this Champions League,” Tchouameni said.

Tchouameni is certain to miss UCL final (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

The Frenchman added that he would try to help the team any way he can, stating, “If I can be the MVP from the bench, I’ll do it.”

Considered by many as the future of the Real Madrid midfield, Tchouameni has played a valuable role in the middle of the park this season.

His versatility, coupled with his ability to spread the play and put pressure on the opposition have served as key to Real Madrid’s success.

Although Tchouameni might not feature in this final, the player expressed his optimism about the Real Madrid team, adding, “I really want to play in this final, but I’m sure we will reach more finals [in coming years].”

Finally, Tchouameni expressed his happiness at Real Madrid, stating, “It’s an incredible feeling to be at Real Madrid.”

Formerly of AS Monaco, Tchouameni has featured in 88 competitive matches since joining Real Madrid in 2022. With Toni Kroos retiring, he is expected to play a crucial role for the club going forward, although not necessarily in the upcoming Champions League final.

Source: RMTV

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