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Barca make complaint over officiating of El Clasico

Calum Atkinson
Calum Atkinson

14:32 26 Oct 2020

Barcelona have reportedly filed a complaint with the Spanish FA over the performance of the referee in Saturday's El Clasico at Camp Nou.

With the score level at 1-1 on the hour mark, Sergio Ramos appeared to go down easily under contact from Clement Lenglet in the Barcelona box. Following consultation with VAR, Juan Martinez Munuera awarded a penalty to Real Madrid.

Ramos was able to recover and convert to give Los Blancos a 2-1 lead. Luka Modric then added a third in the 90th minute to seal a 3-1 victory for Zinedine Zidane's side.

Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman was furious in his post-match press conference saying it seems that VAR is "only used to make decisions against Barca".

The Spanish newspaper SPORT has now claimed that Martinez Munuera comes from a family with "deep Madridista ties".

SPORT  visited Martinez Munuera’s hometown of Villajoyosa in Valencia, and report that the official “grew up in an environment dominated by Real”.

"Help for Madrid from this referee is nothing new, like in Madrid-Getafe last year," the paper states.

It is also claimed that Martinez Munuera's father, Juan Ramon, is a founder of a Real Madrid fan club called Los Amigos de Benidorm.

Juan Ramon is a former referee himself in the Spanish third division and was reportedly known to officiate matches wearing a Real Madrid shirt underneath his referee's jersey.
His other son, Miguel, was a linesman in Saturday's El Clasico also and he lined up for the crucial clash alongside his brother.
While allegations of conspiracy are nothing new in Spanish football, it will be interesting to see how this story develops in the coming days and whether the Spanish FA decide to take any action.

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