Zidane hits back over VAR drama


Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has responded to Sevilla’s sporting director Monchi who expressed anger with the Video Assistant Referee in their 2-1 loss at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday.

The visitors had a goal disallowed in the first half after Luuk de Jong’s header was deemed to have contracted the hand of Nemanja Gudelj who was initially blocked by Eder Militao.

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“What I can say is that I’ve seen the incident and it’s a block, there’s a foul, the referee looked at VAR and gave a foul,” Zidane said according to Marca.

“In the second half, there’s a handball (for De Jong’s goal) and he didn’t give it. I can’t explain anything and I never enter into evaluating it. It’s the referees who decide," Zidane said, as per Marca.

“Sometimes it goes against you and sometimes it goes in your favour. It’s a tough job. It’s they who decide. For me, there’s a block, it’s a foul and it’s normal. You can’t complain,” he added.

Monchi said afterwards that he ‘refused to analyse the match tactically or technically’ as ‘it’s absurd to analyse the game from this point on’ much to ‘Zizou’s anguish.

“It was a tough match for us. We played against a good team, but the result is fair for what happened on the pitch.

“What (Monchi) says is up to him, I’m not someone to say nothing. In the end, it’s the referees who decides. It’s a bit strong what he said but I’m not going to stop the sporting director of Sevilla from talking,” Zidane said.