Real Madrid will receive more penalties because they attack more, says Diego Simeone, boss of Atletico Madrid
Real Madrid gets more punishment for attacking more, says Diego Simeone as boss of Atletico Madrid rejects conspiracy theories of preferential treatment for his rivals
- Real Madrid defeated Athletic Bilbao 1-0 to increase their lead over LaLiga on Sunday
- Sergio Ramos scored the winner from the spot for the second game in a row
- It has been Madrid’s ninth penalty to date on Spain’s top flight this season
- There are suggestions that Madrid will get favorable decisions
Diego Simeone believes that the reason Real Madrid get more penalties than most teams in Spain is simply because they are attacked more often in matches.
Los Blancos maintained their lead at the top of LaLiga on Sunday when they beat Ahtletic Bilbao 1-0, leaving Sergio Ramos with a spot-kick for the second game in a row.
Barcelona defender Gerard Pique and club chairman Josep Maria Bartomeu have proposed that the Zinedine Zidane team, which is four points ahead, take advantage of favorable decisions by referees.
Diego Simeone doesn’t think Real Madrid will win penalties for preferential treatment
LALIGA PENALTIES THIS SEASON
Athletic Bilbao: 10
Real Madrid: 9
Zidane said after the game that he was “fed up” with such comments and Simeone doesn’t believe there is anything unusual going on.
“VAR exposes everything,” he said. We used to not have the opportunity to see some of the things we see now. The referees are people who are also wrong, ‘Atletico Madrid boss told a press conference.
“It’s fairer. If they give you more punishment, it is because you are more in the area of the opposition. If they attack more, like Real Madrid, it means you will be there longer.
“At the speed of the game it is difficult to see what is happening, but now another referee calmly sees it on television. People, too, from their home.
“Then there is someone who decides, and that is the VAR. It can hurt or help you, but now we all know if it’s offside, if it’s a penalty … we’re all more exposed. ‘
Ramos’ penalty against Bilbao was the ninth from Madrid, three more than Barcelona. Bilbao and Mallorca are even more awarded with 10 each.
Sergio Ramos scored the match winner on Sunday from the spot for the second game in a row