Former FC Barcelona player Arturo Vidal has criticized Real Madrid, which he accuses of match-fixing. According to him, the club from the Spanish capital are behind the introduction of the video assistant referee (VAR).
Vidal is convinced the referee helped Real Madrid win the Champions League three times.Real Madrid won the Champions League in 2016, 2017 and 2018. And Vidal is of the opinion that the treble is due to Los Blancos being helped by the referees.
Vidal told TNT Argentina that FIFA introduced VAR to prevent officials from favoring clubs.
“Real Madrid were favored by the referee twice in their treble, when they beat Bayern Munich in 2017 and 2018. Everyone has seen it. I think that’s why they then introduced VAR, they couldn’t fix games like that anymore,” he said.
Madrid have not moved this summer and will not move
Several media have assured that he will be the only player capable of moving Madrid. Even more after his falling out with PSG over his wish not to exercise his option to extend beyond June 2024. But he finally patched things up with Paris.
And Real Madrid in all this? Marca explain that the club from the Spanish capital did not want to panic after the loss of KB9 and that they never approached the Frenchman, nor his entourage this summer. The Merengue leaders have “not moved for Kylian Mbappé” assures the Iberian media.
“There was no option, no direct contact with PSG, or with the player. At least, officially”, specifies Marca who adds that Real Madrid would not be surprised if KM7 were to extend to PSG.
For this reason and because it is a sensitive issue, Florentino Pérez and his teams “took great care not to take any missteps, or rather not to take any steps at all.” They followed this plan to the letter and they wanted to stay away so that no one, especially PSG, could point the finger at them. It is also to keep a possibility of recruiting the striker free in 2024.
For this, he will have to take a public position to join them. But if Mbappé extends in the meantime, Real Madrid, which therefore has a strategy of staying in the shadows and not getting wet, will let go of the matter, assures Marca. To be continued in the next episode…