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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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Harry Kane ‘very close’ to completing Real Madrid move, only final details remain – report



Jude Bellingham’s move to Real Madrid was finally closed earlier today as officially confirmed by Borussia Dortmund on their website. Yet, the offices at Santiago Bernabeu have not even taken a break to celebrate their success.

According to reports from Alfredo Pedullà, Los Blancos are now completely focused on the acquisition of Harry Kane. The English striker’s arrival is very close to approaching closure and only a few details remain to be sorted.

The Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur representatives reportedly held a meeting today over the striker’s transfer. The agenda was to agree on a number for the transfer fee.

The Premier League side began the proceedings with an expectation of €100 to €110 million in exchange for Kane. However, the Merengues suggested a lower point at €80 to €90 million, albeit with the option to include bonuses.

There is not much separating the two parties at the moment, and the minor gap will be bridged in the coming days. Overall, the meeting ended with a broad understanding between the two clubs.

Carlo Ancelotti sees the English striker as the centre-piece of his attack for next season given the recent departure of Karim Benzema. After all, Kane has been one of football’s most consistent goalscorers over the past decade.

Yet, Los Blancos cannot afford to let their guard down with one signing and will need to rope in at least two more names in attack to serve as backup options. The exits of Mariano Diaz, Marco Asensio, and Eden Hazard leave them with no squad depth, after all.

Kane has scored 30, 17, and 23 goals in his last three seasons in the Premier League and is the epitome of consistency. Further, he had three assists in his most recent league season and created 14 big chances.

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