Controversy has erupted in Spain following the poor refereeing performance by Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea in the match between Real Madrid and Sevilla at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán stadium. Despite facing questionable officiating, Carlo Ancelotti’s team remains at the top of LaLiga. However, concerns have now been raised as Pável Fernández, an analyst for ‘Radio MARCA,’ confirmed the appointment of Sánchez Martínez as the referee for the upcoming El Clásico at the Lluís Companys Olympic Stadium. This news has sparked outrage among the Madridistas, especially considering the referee’s history with the Madrid club.
Sánchez Martínez, a referee known for his arrogance on the field, has left a bitter taste in the mouths of Real Madrid fans. The memory of the four penalties not awarded against Cádiz in a single match or the infamous ‘penalty’ decision against Raphaël Varane for a challenge on Luis Suárez still lingers. Unfortunately, these incidents are not the only ones where the referee’s decisions have gone against Real Madrid.
Moreover, Sánchez Martínez’s haughty demeanor has resulted in the expulsion of players such as Dani Carvajal and Fede Valverde in the past. Although he has not yet managed to send off Vinicius Jr., he has certainly tried. In a match against Mallorca, where Pablo Maffeo repeatedly committed fouls against the Brazilian player, the Murcian referee threatened to send off Vinicius for complaining about the violence displayed by his opponent. However, Maffeo was not adequately reprimanded, despite deserving to be sent off.
Given this track record, it is understandable why Real Madrid fans fear the worst for the crucial match against Barcelona on Saturday. The Madridistas will have to overcome the psychological challenge of playing against not only Barcelona but also the referee. The appointment of Sánchez Martínez raises concerns about fair play and impartiality, as his previous decisions have often been perceived as biased against Real Madrid.
Despite the apprehensions surrounding the referee appointment, Carlo Ancelotti’s team will undoubtedly enter the match with a winning mentality. The players must focus on their performance and not allow the referee’s decisions to distract them from their objective. It is crucial to remember that a strong performance on the field can overshadow any questionable officiating.
The appointment of Sánchez Martínez as the referee for El Clásico has ignited controversy and raised concerns among Real Madrid fans. The referee’s history with the club, marked by questionable decisions and a churlish attitude, has left a lasting impact. However, it is important for the players and fans to remain focused and not let the referee’s reputation affect their performance. Ultimately, the outcome of the match will depend on the team’s ability to rise above any adversities and play their best football.