Sevilla director of football Monchi was incensed by VAR’s intervention in the defeat to Real Madrid, claiming he would have walked his team off the pitch had Luuk de Jong seen a second goal disallowed.
Zinedine Zidane’s Madrid side claimed a 2-1 victory at the Santiago Bernabeu, with Casemiro scoring either side of a De Jong strike to send the hosts to the top of LaLiga.
Sevilla thought they had taken the lead in the first half through De Jong’s header, only for the goal to be disallowed when a VAR check prompted referee Juan Martinez Munuera to penalise Nemanja Gudelj for blocking Eder Militao.
Monchi was left furious by the decision and suggested he would have taken matters into his own hands had VAR intervened again when a possible handball by Munir El Haddadi before De Jong’s finish was checked.
“Everyone saw the action. There’s no footballing, technical or tactical analysis after such a clear incident that defines the game,” Monchi told Movistar.
“There’s nothing more to analyse about it. It’s absurd.
“If they had ruled out the second goal, I would have come down to the pitch and taken the team off.
“We leave here satisfied with the game despite the defeat because Sevilla are a very big team. We’re angry, outraged, and… I stop there.”
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Head coach Julen Lopetegui insisted there was no clear reason why Sevilla’s opening goal should have been ruled out.
“I feel sad. When you lose a game, you’re sad,” Lopetegui said.
“We played quite a good first half. We deactivated Madrid, we scored an absolutely legal goal.
“I don’t know if ‘shame’ is the right word. If I said that [at the time], it’s not appropriate, but there’s no reason to disallow the goal. We’ve seen it and it was legal.
“It’s a great goal, a play we worked on throughout the week and I still don’t know why it was ruled out.”
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