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Referee was scared of Real, says Terim

Galatasaray coach Fatih Terim has blasted referee Svein Oddvar Moen after the 3-0 quarter-final defeat against Real Madrid.

Terim claimed that the Norwegian official was ‘scared’ of Real during Wednesday’s Champions League first leg.

Madrid emerged victorious after goals from Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Gonzalo Higuain but Terim believes that his side were denied two penalties.

He said Moen’s first mistake was when Sami Khedira appeared to handle the ball before the interval and then when Burak Yilmaz was fouled in the second half.

“The referee was scared of Real Madrid’s name. He’s not a referee for this level,” Terim told reporters.

“If you can’t see a penalty for handball, then he shouldn’t be here. Everyone says penalty, but the referee – he says nothing.

“Real Madrid are the favourites for this tournament. It didn’t happen for us. What can we do?

“Did he defeat us? No. He blew his whistle at some very interesting parts of the game. I haven’t seen the penalty shouts, but everyone says it was a penalty.

“Real Madrid don’t need referees but when they don’t see what is there, you don’t get anywhere. He also gave lots of wrong decisions. However, referees aren’t the subject of the conversation.”

Despite the three-goal deficit, Terim refused to rule his side out of the tie, but he admits that progression will be tough.

“The goals we could have scored in the first half could have changed everything. We will work hard in the second game but Madrid are better-placed to go through,” he said.

“I don’t like talking about referees, I never talk about them, but the referee was awful.”

Thu 4 April, 2013
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