Real Madrid is once again at the center of a controversy related to refereeing. La Liga president Javier Tebas has confirmed that the Spanish club puts pressure on referees through its TV channel, Real Madrid TV.
Speaking at an event in Port Aventura, Tebas addressed the various refereeing problems in Spain. The Negreira case, involving FC Barcelona and accusations of corruption, had already shaken the Spanish football world. This time, it is Real Madrid who are the target of the La Liga president’s criticism.
Tebas, who has been in charge of La Liga since 2013, has announced drastic measures against Real Madrid TV. The channel regularly broadcasts clips highlighting refereeing mistakes that have been unfavorable to the Madrid club, just before Real’s matches, creating additional pressure on the referees. FC Barcelona, among others, has denounced this unhealthy climate.
Tebas once again lashed out at Florentino Pérez, president of Real Madrid. “The channel (Real Madrid TV, editor’s note) is a public concession and I’m sure they created it assuming it would respect the values of sport. The conditions of the channel’s license must be reviewed. We have started to act against Real Madrid’s clips targeting referees. Can you imagine Barcelona and the other clubs doing the same thing? We would destroy football. It is clear that we cannot continue down this path. The referees have had enough with the Negreira case. I have been president for ten years and having Florentino in front of me every day is not comfortable,” Tebas was quoted as saying by the newspaper La Vanguardia.
Real Madrid now faces heavy sanctions if it continues to broadcast compilations of unfavorable refereeing mistakes on its channel. Of course, the mistakes that have been favorable to the Madrid club are never mentioned.
This new scandal sheds light on the behind-the-scenes workings of Spanish football and raises questions about the integrity of the refereeing system. Real Madrid will have to respond to Tebas’ accusations, and the sanctions could be severe.