Real Madrid star Vinicius has hit out at the referee after their 2:1 defeat to Manchester City in the first leg of their R16 UEFA Champions League tie on Wednesday night. The Los Blancos took the lead on the night through Isco despite City’s impressive display. However, they couldn’t hold on to the lead as things went wrong for the hosts in the latter stages.
Gabriel Jesus scored the equalizer for the Citizens and despite protests from Real Madrid players for a supposed push on Sergio Ramos, the goal stood. A foul on Raheem Sterling in the penalty box resulted in a penalty that Kevin De Bruyne coolly slotted past Thibaut Courtois to give the visitors a 2:1 lead.
Sergio Ramos subsequently received his marching orders in the game after bringing down Gabriel Jesus as the last man and Vinicius was left fuming at the referee after the game, especially for not going to check the incident before Jesus’ equalizer.
“Gabriel Jesus committed a foul in the first goal and everyone knows it. We have the VAR but the referee didn’t want to go and have a look at the play. I could see it from the sidelines and it was clear,” Vinicius told reporters, as quoted by AS.com.
“Referees always come here and make decisions against us on purpose, it’s always the same. We are the team that has won the most league titles and most Champions League, it will always be like this.”
Meanwhile, there was obvious contact but it was minimal at best and not enough to prevent Ramos from challenging for the ball. Regardless, fouls have been awarded for such incidents in the past. Otherwise, the Sterling penalty was as clear as they come and Ramos can have no complaints about his sending off.