Barcelona defender, Gerard Pique, has claimed Real Madrid benefit from refereeing decisions.
Madrid’s basketball team tasted disappointment on Sunday when they were downed 94-93 by their arch-rivals in the Copa del Rey final.
The aftermath of that game was dominated by Madrid accusations that Barca had benefited from several questionable calls, which led to their victory.
But Pique pointed out that in scenarios where the Merengue receives a perceived advantage from officials, like February’s VAR-dominated 3-1 derby victory over Atletico, no comment is made.
“[Madrid’s complaints] happen in football, it happens in basketball, at least they don’t have any other sports because we’d have to suffer it in hockey and handball too.
“Then they go to the Wanda, the referees help them and then they shut up and don’t complain.
“There were mistakes [in the Copa final] in Madrid’s favour first and then in Barca’s favour. And well, later we had this whole show from Madrid with the referees.
“In the end, if the referees hadn’t been wrong Barcelona would have won. In the end, it is all noise to cover up the usual issue, that Barcelona are champions, and to hide the merits of the players who lifted a cup in Madrid.
“I am very proud of these players,” Pique told reporters when asked on the Copa final, following Barca’s 0-0 Champions League draw against Lyon on Tuesday night.