After the much anticipated el classico ended as a goalless draw on Thursday, Real Madrid were left ruing over the penalty claims that they felt should have gone in their favour.
The Los Blancos are now reportedly asking for an audio of the conversation between VAR and the on field referee.
According to Spanish sports programme Jugones, Real Madrid want to “listen to the audio of the communication between referee Hernández Hernández and the head of VAR, De Burgos Bengoetxea, for the periods of plays surrounding the penalty claims by Varane in the first half.”
The frustration from Real Madrid was clear from the moment the incident happened. After the match, the club’s official website words directly against the VAR and the referee.
A statement on the club’s website read: ‘Raphael Varane was stood on by Lenglet and two minutes later had his shirt pulled by Ivan Rakitic.
“Varane was involved in two controversial moments in El Clásico at the Camp Nou. The Frenchman could have had two penalties in the first half but Hernandez Hernandez did not give either of them.
“On minute 17, the madridista went to head a corner before Lenglet stood on his thigh muscle in the area, but neither the referee nor VAR (where De Burgos Bengoetxea was in charge) deemed it a penalty.
“Two minutes later and following another corner, the central defender had his shirt pulled by Ivan Rakitic, which saw him end up on the ground in the penalty area. However, once again, neither the referee or the VAR system decided to award the penalty.”
— Real Madrid C.F. ???? (@realmadriden) December 18, 2019
Real Madrid spokesman Emilio Butragueno, talking to Movistar+’s Monica Marchante, also strongly condemned the decision of not checking the penalty decision with VAR.
“I don’t know what was said in the conversation between VAR and the referee but I guess they told him that nothing happened. It draws my attention and it’s baffling that VAR decided not to intervene because these are two very, very clear plays,” he said.