LaLiga chief Javier Tebas slams Zinedine Zidane for ‘making excuses’ after criticizing the decision to continue Real Madrid’s draw with Osasuna in ‘bad circumstances’ – and insisting the club AGREE to travel for the match
Zinedine Zidane has been convicted of ‘making excuses’ by LaLiga chief Javier Tebas after the Real Madrid boss criticized the decision to continue his side’s game with Osasuna on Saturday.
The match was badly hit by icy conditions and snow from last week’s Storm Filomena – which also delayed the journey from Madrid to El Sadar stadium by four hours – and Zidane admitted he was not happy about the match. then it was allowed to play. his side was held to a goalless draw.
Although the field in Osasuna went through an inspection before kick-off, patches of snow were still on the surface and the Madrid boss insisted afterwards that the game was ‘not a football game and should have been suspended’.
Real Madrid was equalized at 0-0 against Osasuna on Saturday in snow conditions
Zinedine Zidane regretted the decision to continue the match during Storm Filomena
However, Tebas has fired back at Zidane by claiming the Madrid boss was misinformed as club chiefs agreed to travel to honor the match despite the bad weather and only used ‘excuses’ after the disappointing result.
“The version that Madrid has given me is bothering me,” said Tebas Marca. ‘On Friday afternoon I spoke more than 14 times with their general manager.
‘I told him if the guys were very nervous it was best to go back to their facilities and try to travel the next day, and he said no.
“I don’t know the information Zidane knew before the trip. I have seen so many excuses the coaches have given when the games have not gone well and this is just one of them. ‘
LaLiga chief Javier Tebas said Zidane made ‘apologies’ and said Madrid agreed to travel
The draw leaves Madrid four points behind leader Atletico, who also has two games in hand
He also revealed that he would speak to Madrid’s president, Florentino Perez, to clarify the situation, adding: ‘I’ll call him because I’m not at all happy with what happened behind.
If Aena (airport operator) said there is no possibility to take off, Real Madrid would not have taken off. The final decision to travel was made by Real Madrid. ‘
Saturday’s result leaves Madrid four points behind rival Atletico Madrid at the top of LaLiga, while Diego Simeone’s men also have two games in hand.
Marca claimed this week that this is the latest kind in Madrid’s relationship with LaLiga after she recently clashed over the use of VAR and the possible creation of the European Super League.