REAL MADRID

"The Madrid penalty was correct but Athletic were denied a spot-kick after the Ramos foul"

AS' referee analyst former match official Iturralde maintained that the decision to award a spot-kick for the Dani García foul on Marcelo was correct but Athletic should have had one too after Ramos stepped on Raúl García.

"The Madrid penalty was correct but Athletic were denied a spot-kick after the Ramos foul"

Midway through the second half of the game, Marcelo was clipped by Dani García in the Athletic box and after a consultation with the VAR screen, the match official Gonzalez Gonzalez awards a spot-kick which is converted by Sergio Ramos. For AS in-house former referee Iturralde the decision was correct: “It's a clear penalty. The Athletic player steps on the Brazilian's foot seconds before coming into contact with the ball and there is no doubt in my mind that this is a penalty”.

Minutes later Athletic striker Raúl García goes to ground in the Real Madrid box after a tangle with Sergio Ramos and replays of the incident show the defender step on Garcia's foot. Iturralde also feels that this incident should have resulted in a spot kick for the Basque side stating:  “This is also a penalty, intentionality in football counts for nothing. Back in the day I wouldn't have blown for that but with the current rules and applying the letter of the law, this is a penalty kick.

Iturralde added: “the VAR official, Gil Manzano alleged that there was no intent on behalf of Ramos to upend his opponent, but that's not the issue. The intention aspect has been removed from the rule book so this too is a spot-kick”.