Sports refereeing

ALFREDO RELAÑO

Messi's furrowed brow

Alfredo Relaño looks back on Barcelona's surprising two points dropped against Levante, which puts a huge dent in their, and Messi's, LaLiga title hopes.

Alfredo Relaño

ALFREDO RELAÑO

Faith, hope and Karim Benzema

Lo primero, un sombrerazo al arbitraje del holandés Danny Makkelie y sus cinco acompañantes en la tarea, holandeses todos. Fue un arbitraje impecable.

Alfredo Relaño

ALFREDO RELAÑO

Oblak makes up for Savic’s elbow

Atlético Madrid held on for a vital win against Alavés. Suárez grabbed their goal, and Oblak saved a late penalty to ensure all three points.

Alfredo Relaño

ALFREDO RELAÑO

The unbeatable Bilbaoness of Athletic

Athletic Bilbao overcame Levante in extra-time to book their place in the Copa del Rey final where they’ll play Barcelona. Analysis from Alfredo Relaño.

Alfredo Relaño

ALFREDO RELAÑO

VAR operating with 22 differing opinions

Cádiz are furious about the three corrections made by Antonio Mateu from the VAR control room and match official Valentín Pizarro at the Reale Arena, writes Alfredo Relaño.

Alfredo Relaño

ALFREDO RELAÑO

VAR has imprisoned football

Real Madrid won at the Benito Villamarín, by dint of VAR. Two debatable decisions that reinforce the opinion of those who believe Madrid benefit from the system.

Alfredo Relaño