Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos was scathing of the refereeing in his team’s shock loss at home to Real Sociedad, labelling the official’s performance as “scandalous”.
Madrid lost further ground in the La Liga title race following Sunday’s 2-0 defeat against visiting Sociedad at the Santiago Bernabeu, where Vinicius Junior was denied a penalty and Lucas Vazquez saw red.
Vazquez was shown a second yellow card with Madrid trailing 1-0 in the second half before Vinicius went to ground after seeming to beat Sociedad goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli to the ball.
Ramos did not hide his disgust post-match, hitting out at Spanish referee Jose Munuera and the lack of VAR used in the capital.
“The referee played a big role in things. I’ve always defended the VAR system, but it has to be improved because what we’ve seen was scandalous,” Ramos said.
“He could have awarded the penalty and then consulted the VAR. After seeing the penalty incidents in the dressing room, all we ask for is fairness. There are times when we’re punished for our behaviour on the pitch and the referees’ committee should do the same with the officials. The VAR is in place but you’ve got to know how to use it and consult it.”