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Real Madrid reported for their ‘campaign of prosecution’ against match officials

Sevilla has lodged a formal complaint against Real Madrid with the Spanish Football Association (RFEF) regarding the club’s airing of criticism directed at referees, including the official set to officiate Sunday’s match between the two teams.

Real Madrid TV has been showcasing analyses of referee errors ahead of their matches throughout the season. This practice has frequently faced backlash from the Spanish media and various La Liga clubs.

Sevilla’s complaint marks the first formal objection to the RFEF. They express apprehension that Real Madrid TV’s coverage concerning referee Isidro Diaz de Mera could influence his decision-making during Sunday’s fixture.

“Sevilla FC has proceeded to denounce this Saturday by means of a letter, before the Competition Committee of the RFEF, the campaign of persecution and harassment against referee Diaz de Mera, appointed as the main referee of tomorrow’s match between Real Madrid and Sevilla FC, as well as against Pablo Gonzalez Fuertes, referee appointed for the VAR, through Real Madrid TV, Real Madrid’s official television channel,” a Sevilla statement read.

“Sevilla FC would like to formally denounce the present events to the federation, in order to assess whether these events can be considered as an infringement of the General Regulations of the RFEF or any other regulations that are applicable to it.

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Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has previously refused to involve himself in the matter.

“I believe in referees,” he said when this issue was first raised back in October. “Sometimes a bit more, sometimes a bit less. You ask me about the [RMTV] videos, but you know better than me what freedom of expression is… I have to focus on my team, and leave the job of refereeing to the referees.”

The head of Spain’s referee body, Luis Medina Cantalejo, recently insisted Madrid are worse than any club on the planet for trying to pressure officials and called on the country’s government to get involved to stop the TV broadcasts.

“We don’t like it at all. There’s no sport, no team in the world that does this,” Cantalejo told COPE. “Teams have their [local] press which supports them, but what’s happening with this TV channel has never happened.

“What they’re doing seems absolutely negative to me. I’ve never seen it in 40 years of refereeing, putting pressure on before a game, every week. It’s negative, not just for refereeing, but for the image of Spanish football… We’ve put it in the hands of legal advice, to look into the matter.”

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.
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