A convincing victory failed to cushion the indignation felt, nor calmed the mood of, a team that couldn’t understand what had happened on the Camp Nou pitch in relation to the performance of referee De Burgos Bengoetxea.
Real Madrid believes it is no coincidence that in four of the last five El Clasico’s Zinedine Zidane’s side have finished with one less player, however, the poor standard set by the 31-year-old international official has, in their opinion, surpassed any other.
“This is repeated here in every game we play, but tonight…it surpasses everything by far,” said an anonymous Real player at the end of the match.
The general ill-feeling stems from a lack of punishment for Luis Suarez despite the Uruguayan diving to win a penalty, and the expulsion of Cristiano Ronaldo that not only surprised Madrid but also the players of Barcelona, who did not expect to see the Portuguese sent off after his struggle with Umtiti.
Los Blancos feel unprotected by referees and hope that the new personnel at the Federation can restore some form of order and a return to a normality that does not exist at present.