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Refereeing resignation at Real Madrid: This is how it is and it won’t change

Real Madrid’s 2-2 draw with Elche at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu put the officiating under the spotlight once again, as Los Blancos failed to extend their lead at the top of LaLiga Santander.

During the Elche match there were several penalty calls in the game that were mulled over by the referees.

The first one was given to Los Blancos for a foul made by Helibelton Palacios half an hour into the first half, which was eventually missed by Karim Benzema – his first penalty miss for Real Madrid.

A second penalty incident started the controversy, as a foul on Eden Hazard was originally given in the 52nd minute before being overruled after VAR consultation.

Then, in the 82nd minute, with the game at 2-0 to Elche, a handball by Pere Milla went undetected by the referee Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea before being given after VAR consultation. Luka Modric converted the spot kick that was nearly not given at all.

Finally, Real Madrid called for another penalty for a Gonzalo Verdu handball, one similar to the penalty given against Eder Militao vs Sevilla last season, but that wasn’t awarded.

Inside the club, they feel all four spot kicks should have been awarded, but believe they weren’t all given because four would have been seen to be too many.

“This is how it is and it won’t change,” is what was said in the club after the Elche draw.

“These are another two mistakes that will pass because Real Madrid don’t have the right to complain.”

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Time-keeping was another source of annoyance for Carlo Ancelotti‘s side, as Elche‘s attempts to run down the clock only resulted in four minutes of added time at the end, something that did little to instil confidence in the officiating during the match.

Those keeping count at the club will add these two spot kick non-calls to eight other penalties they believe they should have had this LaLiga Santander campaign: A Lucas Torro challenge on Vinicius vs Osasuna, an Unai Nunez foul on Benzema vs Athletic, challenges on Benzema and Eden Hazard vs Cadiz, a Damian Suarez shirt tug on Marcelo vs Getafe, a Cristiano Piccini handball vs Valencia, a Raul Albiol block on Nacho vs Villarreal and, finally, a penalty Luka Jovic could have been awarded when they took on Levante.

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