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UEFA sources clarify controversial referee call during Real Madrid vs Man City



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Last night, Real Madrid and Manchester City played out a tightly-contested encounter that ended in a 1-1 draw at the Santiago Bernabeu.

With the first leg ending in a draw, both teams will head into the reverse fixture next week with no advantage as far as the scoreline is considered.

However, it could have been very different as Real Madrid could have finished last night’s game as winners.

In the buildup to Kevin De Bruyne’s goal in the second period, the ball appeared to have been out of play when Bernardo Silva controlled it and carried on.

The referee did not whistle and the play was allowed to continue, with De Bruyne eventually finding the back of the net with a scorching effort from just outside the box.

It sparked a lot of protests from Real Madrid players while Carlo Ancelotti, on the touchline, also argued about the decision, which even resulted in him being shown a yellow card.

The VAR also did not intervene, much to the frustration of Ancelotti, who pointed it out during his press conference, saying: “beIN showed the ball was out. We all saw it, 3D technology. But VAR didn’t see it.”

Now, UEFA sources have issued clarification on the play, stating that while the ball was indeed out of play, the VAR could not intervene because Real Madrid had won the ball back momentarily and therefore it was considered a ‘new passage of play’, reports Eurosport (h/t Madrid Xtra).

It was a mistake from the referee, not stopping for the ball being out of play, but the VAR could not enter into the equation to rule out the goal as it was already a new passage of play when Real Madrid regained control of possession even if it was only briefly.

So, even though there was an error made by the referee on the pitch, the VAR was unable to intervene due to a technicality.

Real Madrid will still take a lot of confidence from their performance against Manchester City, especially given how they managed to shackle Erling Haaland, restricting him to the fewest touches by any player during the game.

The Merengues will have to dust themselves off and go at it again at the Etihad next week as they look to defend their European title.

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  1. Taiwo

    May 10, 2023 at 11:01 am

    Realmadrid headed by my president florentino Perez should please fight for the in the UEFA court an make sure it’s in our favour…this is totally unacceptable

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Real Madrid to start pre-season today with only seven first-team members




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Today, according to a report from MARCA, only seven first-team players from Real Madrid’s first team will be returning to training at Valdebebas.

These players are Thibaut Courtois, Andriy Lunin, Lucas Vazquez, Jesus Vallejo, Fran Garcia, Dani Ceballos, and Brahim Diaz.

Real Madrid and their manager, Carlo Ancelotti, are gearing up for what could be their most demanding season ever. 

With seven major titles on the line, including the European Super Cup, La Liga, the Champions League, the Intercontinental Cup, the Spanish Super Cup, the Copa del Rey, and the Club World Cup, they are set to play a staggering 68 games across all competitions over the next 11 months.

However, before diving into these intense competitions, the team will embark on a pre-season tour in the United States, where they will play three friendly matches against Milan on July 31, Barcelona on August 4, and Chelsea on August 7.

Limited firearms in the arsenal

Currently, however, only a few players have returned to training, while the rest are still enjoying their vacations following their extended participation in the European Championship and Copa America.

For those who are at the club, the challenge begins today at Real Madrid City, starting with medical tests in the morning and the first training session in the afternoon. 

Carlo Ancelotti will have only seven first-team members in the training today. (Photo by THOMAS COEX/AFP via Getty Images)

Ancelotti will initially have a limited squad due to the absence of international players, who will join the team gradually after their holidays. 

For now, the seven players who have returned will train alongside Castilla players, who are also starting their training today to help fill out the first team sessions. 

Need for new signings

Ancelotti’s current squad consists of 22 players, including two goalkeepers, eight defenders, seven midfielders, and five forwards. 

This season will see significant changes, with the departure of legends like Toni Kroos and Nacho, as well as Joselu, one of the heroes from their last Champions League campaign.

On the positive side, the squad will be boosted by the arrival of superstar Kylian Mbappe and promising young talent Endrick. Kepa Arrizabalaga is also absent, but his return is still possible, depending on the situation with Lunin, whose future with the club remains uncertain. 

Additionally, the continuity of Dani Ceballos is in question, and Real Madrid is working on signing Leny Yoro to strengthen their defence.

As the summer progresses, these moves will help finalize the squad that Ancelotti will rely on to tackle the daunting task of competing for seven major titles. 

The preparation and integration of new and returning players will be crucial for Real Madrid as they aim to make history in the upcoming season.

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