It is thought to have been years in the making but only now, in Real Madrid’s opinion, is the organised officiating bias against Los Blancos taking effect.
Amid the aftermath of Angel Maria Villar’s arrest and the subsequent shake-up at the Spanish FA (RFEF), Real feel that Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo and former Barcelona chief Joan Gaspart have been formulating a way to punish the Champions League holders.
Back in 2004, Florentino Perez backed Gerardo Gonzalez Otero in the RFEF run-off against Villar, since which the Madrid side have been cut off from the governing body’s establishment until just under a year ago.
Remaining in the background over the years, only now it is emerging what some are comparing to a Calciopoli sized scandal, and since Villar’s arrest Real feel the tide has turned dramatically against them.
It all began with the soft penalty given for Luis Suarez’s tumble in the Supercopa de Espana and Cristiano Ronaldo’s red card later in the first leg clash.
From there, Madrid have five penalties they feel were denied them in unfair fashion, along with harsh expulsions as Marcelo and Sergio Ramos have both seen red.
In public, the past weeks have seen Zinedine Zidane and club captain Ramos feel the need to speak out on this matter, the defender claiming : “I am not surprised that they don’t award penalties for us, but that they do for Barcelona.”
Now that the RFEF is due a big turnover post-Villar, Real hope to be part of a change that will see total equality instilled across LaLiga, as they feel that the season’s decisions so far have been far from a coincidence.