Gerard Pique stoked the fires of controversy by suggesting Real Madrid's generous penalty against Villarreal was the latest in a string of bad decisions to benefit Zinedine Zidane's men.
Madrid managed to salvage a 3-2 win at Estadio de la Ceramica on Sunday despite being 2-0 down, but the victory was secured with more than a hint of fortune.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored the equaliser from the penalty spot, with referee Gil Manzano penalising Bruno Soriano for an apparent handball after Toni Kroos' shot was cleared onto him by a team-mate.
Pique suggests Real Madrid favouritism
Villarreal were left exasperated by the decision and Pique - whose Barcelona team won 2-1 at Atletico Madrid earlier on Sunday thanks to a late Lionel Messi goal - was similarly unimpressed, going on Twitter to highlight previous instances when Real have profited in controversial circumstances this season.
Contra los mismos equipos. 8 puntos. 8 y tal. Los recortes son de prensa de Madrid por la duda. pic.twitter.com/nZUDgrjuVd— Gerard Piqué (@3gerardpique) 26 February 2017
Alongside clippings of stories from Madrid-based publications, Pique wrote: "Against the same teams. 8 points [swing]. Those clippings are from Madrid press to avoid doubt."
The result leaves Madrid one point ahead of Barca at LaLiga's summit, with Zidane's men also having a game in hand.
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