Atletico coach Diego Simeone did not like this decision at all.
Although he could have lived with a 1-1 draw in the Madrid derby against Real Madrid, one action during the match caused the 52-year-old major problems.
And in the 64th minute, Atletico forward Angel Correa was sent off after allegedly being hit in the chest by an elbow from Real defender Antonio Rudiger.
Simeone: “The connection is not a blow”
“Contact is not a blow,” Simeone said afterwards in “Dazen”.
“Football is a physical game. If I’m not mistaken, Rüdger is 1.94m tall and if it looked like such a hard hit he would have stayed on the ground once but got back right away.”
Further: “It may be a yellow card, but if you take a player out of the game for something like that, there will be no more players on the field.”
Simeone assumes the referee’s preference for Real
but that is not all. In other statements, Simeone accused the referees of favoring Real Madrid.
It’s the same story, said the coach. It’s normal and it’s become normal (the referees favor Los Blancos, ed.).
It was the third time this season that the Atletico Madrid coach felt his side had been treated unfairly against their city rivals.
Atletico defender Mario Hermoso was sent off in a 2-1 league defeat last September and Atletico defender Stefan Savic saw the red again in a 3-1 Copa del Rey quarter-final loss at the end of January.
Atlético felt hurt in several ways
Simeone said: “In the Copa del Rey, Dani Ceballos could have been sent off for a red card foul. Today, after Angel’s foul, they saw it that way. We all saw it, there are very clear things.” .
In response to a question about the VAR technique, the Argentine explained: “It can go both ways, sometimes for you, sometimes against you. But every time we come to the Bernabéu, it’s against us.”
Atletico scored the first goal in the 78th minute through Jose Maria Jimenez, but Alvaro Rodriguez equalized for Real in the 85th minute.
Atletico ranks fourth in the standings, and Real Madrid ranks second, behind leaders Barcelona
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