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Clásico referee ignored fourth official over Suárez's Varane foul
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Referee Alejandro Hernández Hernández reportedly ignored word from his fourth official that Luis Suárez had fouled Raphael Varane in the build-up to Lionel Messi's goal for Barcelona in Sunday's Clásico against Real Madrid.

Ref told twice into earpiece that Suárez had fouled Varane

According to images broadcast by Spanish television show 'El Golazo de Gol', Ricardo Escudero Marín twice told Hernández Hernández via the match officials' radio link-up that Suárez, whose pass then set up Messi to score Barça's second in the eventful 2-2 draw at the Camp Nou, had brought the Real defender down. However, the referee opted to allow play to continue, despite Suárez himself later admitting: "I think it is a bit of a foul, because Varane controlled it and I put my foot in there."

Both teams left unhappy with Clásico referee

Hernández Hernández has been widely panned for a display that has led to complaints from both sides. On top of the Suárez tackle, Real were left unhappy by his failure to award a penalty for an apparently clear Jordi Alba foul on Marcelo. Meanwhile, his decision to send off Sergi Roberto for hitting out at Marcelo did not go down well with the hosts, particularly as Gareth Bale had escaped action minutes earlier for a horror tackle on Samuel Umtiti. Barça were also displeased about a contentious offside call against Ivan Rakitic that saw a Suárez goal disallowed.

Butragueño: "We feel there is a clear foul on Varane"

Speaking post-match, Real Madrid director Emilio Butragueño said: "We don't like talking about the referees, but there were two incidents that ended up proving crucial. There was a penalty that the referee must not have seen - although I'm surprised his assistant didn't see it, as he's in a very good position. And there was the second [Barça] goal, where we feel there is a clear foul on Varane." That's also how the fourth official saw it...

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2Atlético 75 22 9 5
3Real Madrid 72 21 9 5
4Valencia 67 20 7 9
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LaLiga Santander

Table PTS W D L
2Atlético 75 22 9 5
3Real Madrid 72 21 9 5
4Valencia 67 20 7 9
Full standing
Next matches
Sevilla - Real Madrid X-09/05 21:30
Real Madrid - Celta S-12/05 20:45
Villarreal - Real Madrid D-20/05 17:00
Fixtures

*Update 7 de mayo de 2018