Spanish referee brilliantly responds to moaning Real Madrid stars’ complaints after draw


La Liga referee Cesar Soto Grado came in for criticism after he ‘only’ allowed four minutes of additional time at the end of Real Madrid’s 0-0 draw at home to Osasuna

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Real Madrid ‘s moaning stars were dealt a brilliant response from a Spanish referee following their 0-0 draw with Osasuna on Wednesday, a night when Barcelona ‘s sacking of Ronald Koeman was not the only story in Spain.

Cesar Soto Grado refused to add on more than four minutes of injury time towards the end of the La Liga clash, despite Los Blancos’ complaints that their opponents had wasted it throughout.

Upon the final whistle, Grado was surrounded by whining white shirts, telling them: “You’ve had 90 minutes, so don’t come to me now protesting.

“No, no, I already know.”

Carlo Ancelotti and co were held to a goalless draw at the Santiago Bernabeu for the second time this season but also claimed they should have had a penalty in the first half.







Real Madrid were unhappy with the amount of added time in the match



Wide man Vinicius Junior – on fire this campaign having scored seven goals and assisted a further five – was taken down by Osasuna midfielder Lucas Torro in the 25th minute but no foul was given and Grado did not consult VAR.

Right-back Dani Carvajal was one player protesting about multiple decisions, revealing his thoughts after full-time.

“The referee added four minutes when in other games in the league they are adding five, six, seven and even up to eight when one of the two teams repeatedly wastes time and it doesn’t favour the game,” Carvajal claimed.

“The referee didn’t get it right today in that respect. I don’t want to make excuses, but Sergio Herrera alone wasted almost four minutes.





“[Opposition manager Jagoba] Arrasate made two changes in the final two minutes and the players just strolled off, and the referee only adds on four minutes, it’s a bit odd.

“At other places, they’re adding on the amount of time actually lost.”

Post-match, Ancelotti was critical of the referee’s performance, usually avoiding commenting on decisions.

“It’s a very complicated issue,” the former Everton boss said of the Vinicius challenge.







Vinicius appeared to be fouled but no penalty was given



“To me, it seemed like a stamp that could be a penalty. Why didn’t VAR come in? I don’t know.”

Ancelotti went on to say: “The added time seemed too little to me, given how the game went.

“So, I asked for an explanation… that didn’t convince me much to be honest.”

The Italian did focus on the shortcomings of his own players, though, admitting: “I didn’t like the first half much as we didn’t switch the play much.




“We went down the left an awful lot. I liked the second half much more. I can’t be critical of my players, who gave everything,” Ancelotti noted.

“We have to understand that we might have tough games like this. We have wingers who can beat their man, but there are many players in the area when you play certain teams.

“We tried to reach the area from the outside. We tried many dangerous crosses. We have to find solutions.”


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