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VAR audio for the three controversial moments in Real Madrid vs Almeria released

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There was no dearth of drama at Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday evening when Real Madrid took on Almeria. The bottom-placed side appeared set to take three points from the league’s highest-placed team, but some controversial VAR decisions gave Real Madrid inroads back into the game.

Several Almeria players called out foul play after the game, for the decisions were harsh on them. Yet, from Carlo Ancelotti’s perspective, all decisions were justified and correct.

MARCA have released the transcript of the conversation between the on-field referee, Hernandez Maeso and the VAR official Hernandez Hernandez for all controversial calls on the night. To begin with, the conversation about Real Madrid’s penalty on the night that VAR called out went as follows.

“Fran, I’m going to recommend an on-field review for the hand of the Almeria defender,” Hernandez Hernandez told Maeso after the foul.

“I put you high behind view so that you can see it in context and the separation between players. Now the action is yours, you to decide,” he added.

The on-field referee replied, “Perfect. I’m going to whistle a penalty without a card.”

For Almeria’s disallowed goal

The visitors had a goal disallowed in the second period for a foul in the buildup, and many felt it was an unfair decision that took the game away from Almeria.

“Come and see it, Fran, I recommend an on-field review for possible foul in attack in the action of the goal,” the VAR official suggested immediately after Almeria’s goal.

After reviewing the decision, Maeso concurred with Hernandez’s suspicion and said, “Yes, it is indeed the start (of the attack phase). Therefore, I’m going to whistle a foul in favour of Real Madrid and cancel the goal and yellow to 6, the player of Almería.”

For Vinicius’ shoulder goal

Arguably the most controversial moment on the night came when Vinicius Jr equalised the score for Los Blancos, seemingly hitting the ball with his shoulder. Unsurprisingly, the situation was reviewed by VAR.

“I recommend an on-field review so that you can see the no hand, the possible no hand. Give me the right inverse. Stop at the point of contact,” VAR suggested.

The on-field referee asked for the point of contact once more to clarify with VAR, to which Hernandez Hernandez replied, “He hits him on the shoulder. You value the possible foul in attack.

Responding, the on-field referee said: “I agree with you and the ball hits the shoulder. Give me a high behind. One more frame. Perfect, he hits him with his shoulder and it’s a valid goal. I’m going to point out a goal, there’s no foul.”

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Bundesliga title-winner ‘is ready for Real Madrid’, says former German great

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Speaking in an interview with Sport BILD (h/t AS), Germany legend Michael Ballack has claimed that Bayer Leverkusen sensation Florian Wirtz is ready to play for Real Madrid.

Wirtz is a player that Real Madrid have been closely monitoring for a while now, with the German sensation being seen as a long-term replacement for Toni Kroos, who announced his retirement yesterday.

A move for Wirtz is being planned for the summer of 2025 and Ballack believes that the Bundesliga title winner with Leverkusen is ready for the big move to the Santiago Bernabeu.

“Wirtz is ready for Real Madrid,” said Ballack.

“In terms of football, Wirtz can definitely play for Real Madrid. You can also see it in Jude Bellingham after his move from BVB: when you play with even better players, you become even better,” he added.

The Toni Kroos replacement? (Photo by INA FASSBENDER/AFP via Getty Images)

Wirtz has a contract with Bayer Leverkusen that runs until the summer of 2027. As things stand, the new German champions have no intentions of selling their prized asset this year.

However, there appears to be an acceptance that the German international will be on the move in 2025.

Other top clubs like Manchester City and Bayern Munich are also understood to be interested, but Real Madrid are likely to beat them in the race should it come down to that next year.

A move for Wirtz, though, could cost in excess of €100 million for Real Madrid should they do indeed decide to proceed with his signing next year.

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